NDA showed strength in Delhi and INDIA in Bengaluru, these big regional parties stayed away from both factions

Lok Sabha Election 2024: Many regional parties including Janata Dal (Secular), Shiromani Akali Dal and Bahujan Samaj Party remained such that they were neither seen in the opposition alliance nor the NDA meeting.

Loksabha Election 2024: Tuesday was a historic day in terms of Lok Sabha elections 2024. Because all eyes were on the meetings of the opposition alliance and the NDA. According to the political equation of 2024, both presented a new emerging picture today. A total of 26 parties attended the meeting of the opposition alliance in Bengaluru. This alliance of opposition parties came out with a new name INDIA i.e. now the alliance of opposition parties will be known as India, not UPA. With this, the name UPA has come to an end from today. This was the second meeting of the opposition alliance in Bengaluru. Seeing this, the NDA also showed its strength. A total of 38 parties participated in this meeting of NDA. Out of which the BJP has allies in the Northeast.

From this point of view, it can be understood that 64 parties are under the umbrella of INDIA and NDA, but there are some major parties which have stayed away either because of the politics going on in their states, their equation with other parties or because of appearing neutral. Among them the names of the major parties are as follows.

Janata Dal (Secular)

Karnataka’s JD(S) has previously been part of an alliance with the Congress and the BJP, but it was nowhere in the picture on Tuesday. Ideologically JD(S) considers itself close to Congress and Left parties. The party also enjoys the support of Muslims and is believed to be out of sync with the BJP.

Shiromani Akali Dal

Shiromani Akali was not at the NDA meeting despite rumors of BJP bringing her into its fold. He had also decided not to be a part of the opposition meeting. Party sources told The Indian Express that the Shiromani Akali Dal is staying away from the opposition meeting as it does not want to share the dais with its arch-rivals in Punjab – the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) or the Congress. The BJP has said that it will go it alone in the 2024 elections on all the 13 Lok Sabha seats in Punjab. The Akali Dal has also publicly denied any alliance.

Bahujan Samaj Party

The Mayawati-led party has never been a part of the NDA. Even she criticizes BJP, but it does not mean that she is in favor of the opposition. Ever since the efforts to unite the opposition began, the BSP has said that it is not going to be a part of any party. He has not received any invitation.


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Biju Janata Dal

Senior BJD leader and party spokesperson Prasanna Acharya said, “For the BJD which has been in power in Odisha for 25 years, “equal distance” and “neutrality” are important. He said that being a regional party, we have our own policies. Most of the time our policies are guided by the interests of Odisha. We support the issue in and outside Parliament.

Bharat Rashtra Samithi

The absence of Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao or KCR-led BRS in the opposition meeting is not surprising. Elections are due in Telangana this year and the Congress is its main rival. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi had also made it clear earlier that KCR would not be a part of the meeting, accusing him of being the “B team” of the BJP. At the same time, KCR himself has taken a strong stand against the BJP’s central policies and accused it of undermining federalism.


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The YSRCP, led by Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, has maintained some distance from the BJP at the state level, though its relations with the ruling party at the Center remain cordial. Its support of BJP policies might indicate that it would favor the NDA, but it does not seem to be the case. As far as the opposition meeting is concerned. The biggest problem for Jagan is the Congress. He quit the party in November 2010 after the party refused him the CM post after the death of his father and former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy.

Indian National Lok Dal

INLD was a member of the NDA from 1998 to 2004. It again joined the NDA in 2009, but could not win any seat in the Lok Sabha from its home constituency Haryana. On Tuesday, the Jannayak Janata Party, an offshoot of the INLD and the BJP’s ally in the state government, was among the parties present at the NDA meeting. The INLD, on the other hand, claims that it is trying to form a “Third Front” against the BJP and the Congress in Haryana.


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All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen

Asaduddin Owaisi-led AIMIM remained absent from both the meetings. Owaisi is the lone MP of the party and has seven MLAs in the Telangana Assembly. The party has earlier also targeted both the BJP and the Congress, while the Congress now keeps calling AIMIM the B-party of the BJP.

All India United Democratic Front

An invite to the NDA meeting for the AIUDF may never happen, as the party representing the sizable Muslim community in Assam is a big critic of the BJP and its policies. However, the AIUDF was also not invited to the opposition meeting.
Earlier this year, senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh had slammed AIUDF leader Badruddin Ajmal for being a “BJP mouthpiece”, saying he had nothing to do with the UPA.


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