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An ambitious national alliance-building exercise to challenge PM Modi and the BJP in 2024 takes baby steps. But many contradictions still need ironing out

Kaushik Deka

ISSUE DATE: Jul 10, 2023 | UPDATED: Jun 30, 2023 16:10 IST

COME TOGETHER: Leaders of the various parties at the Patna meet, June 23 (Photo: Ranjan Rahi)

COME TOGETHER: Leaders of the various parties at the Patna meet, June 23 (Photo: Ranjan Rahi)

It came after much cogitation, a lot of pre-nuptial bargaining and at least one false start. But the muhurat finally came on June 23, when all of 32 leaders from 15 parties—former and current chief ministers among them—converged on Patna. They had one common mission: dislodging the Narendra Modi-led BJP government at the Centre in the 2024 general election. Convened by Bihar chief minister and JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar, its stated objective was to “save Indian democracy” from Modi’s “fascist, autocratic regime”. West Bengal CM and Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief Mamata Banerjee took the mic to issue a dire warning: “If the BJP wins the next [Lok Sabha] election, India may no longer exist in the futureâ€æthere will be no more elections.”

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