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JD(U) to skip Bharat Jodo event, prods Congress on opposition unity | India News – Times of India

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NEW DELHI/PATNA: Janata Dal (United) president Lalan Singh on Thursday expressed his inability to attend the concluding event of the Rahul Gandhi-led Bharat Jodo Yatra in Srinagar on January 30 and asked the Congress to take appropriate steps to unite the opposition.
In a letter to Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge, Singh cited his scheduled engagement for a political programme in poll-bound Nagaland to skip the Yatra’s conclusion.
Though the Congress has invited heads of several non-BJP parties to attend the event to finish the mega exercise aimed at rejuvenating its organisation in the run up to the 2024 Lok Sabha polls, it remains to be seen how many of them turn up. Some regional party chiefs may send their representatives at a time when the opposition is itself divided over what shape any such alliance against the BJP should take and who should be the spearhead. The JD(U) has in the past highlighted its preeminent leader and Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar as prime ministerial candidate, without officially projecting him as its choice for the face of the opposition.
The pace at which the country is fast transforming itself from an “electoral democracy to an electoral autocracy” is frightening, Singh said. “The Yatra has also given an opportunity to study, experience and sense the mood and anxieties of the people first hand, which I am sure will go a long way in helping us formulate joint strategies in the run up to the 2024 Lok Sabha elections,” he said.

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