In a recent critique, JDU MP Sunil Pintu expressed dissatisfaction with the meetings of the opposition coalition I.N.D.I.A., suggesting a perceived lack of substance in these gatherings. His statement, hinting at the meetings being synonymous with 'tea and samosas', opened a new avenue for discourse on the effectiveness of the coalition's strategies.
Strain within the Ranks
Pintu's statement captures the growing strain within the opposition alliance. Key founding member and Bihar Chief Minister, Nitish Kumar, had earlier expressed his own criticism, albeit more subtly. Reports of Kumar, along with Samajwadi Party leader Akhilesh Yadav, planning to skip a meeting shed light on the widening chasm within the group. The absence of Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, further underscored this division.
Falling Out and A Change of Tides
Several members of the coalition, including the TMC, National Conference, Samajwadi Party, JDU, and RJD, have expressed their displeasure with the Congress' handling of the alliance. These parties have accused the Congress of neglecting its partners in the run-up to the assembly elections, leading to a significant fallout. In response to the deteriorating situation, Mamata Banerjee's Trinamool Congress has indicated its readiness to lead the 2024 battle against BJP.
Future of the INDIA Bloc
Despite the internal conflict, the Congress remains unfazed, dismissing signs of discord within the alliance. The future of the INDIA bloc, however, hinges on the upcoming meeting, which has been postponed till later this month. The key agenda of seat-sharing for the Lok Sabha polls could potentially decide the future course of this alliance. Will the coalition manage to resolve its internal issues, or will the cracks continue to deepen? The forthcoming days will provide an answer.