(2L-R) Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu MK Stalin, Congress party leader Rahul Gandhi, Chief Minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee and senior Congress Party leader Sonia Gandhi attend opposition parties meeting in Bengaluru on 18 July 2023 (AFP via Getty Images)

26 Indian opposition parties unite in ‘INDIA’ coalition to take on Modi

At least 26 political parties make bid to rebrand opposition alliance against Narendra Modi’s BJP

(2L-R) Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu MK Stalin, Congress party leader Rahul Gandhi, Chief Minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee and senior Congress Party leader Sonia Gandhi attend opposition parties meeting in Bengaluru on 18 July 2023 (AFP via Getty Images)

At least 26 opposition parties in India that have formed an alliance against the country’s ruling Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have coined a unique new name for their coalition ahead of national elections next year.

The country’s opposition parties, that have been led by the Indian National Congress (INC), have often been marred by infighting and have not fared well in two consecutive national elections that have propelled the BJP and its leader Narendra Modi to power for a decade.

In an effort to project unity and revitalise fledgling efforts to combat the BJP on a national level, the opposition alliance has now rebranded itself as INDIA, which stands for Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance.

A two-day meeting of the 26 political parties in southern Bengaluru city concluded on Tuesday with the announcement of the rebranding ahead of the national-level fight in 2024.

INDIA’s parties plan to meet again in Mumbai to take discussions further, but no exact dates have been announced yet.

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