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INDIA allies’ advice to a deflated Congress: Shed zamindari arrogance | India News

PATNA/LUCKNOW/KOLKATA: Congress’s electoral setback in three key states on Sunday spurred a volley of criticism from its regional allies within the INDIA bloc, ahead of a meeting of the opposition alliance in New Delhi on December 6. Bihar CM Nitish Kumar‘s JD(U) blamed Congress’s defeat on its “arrogance”, Trinamool Congress asked it to shed its “zamindari attitude”, while RJD and Samajwadi Party swiped at Congress’s reluctance to honour allies’ requests for seat-sharing.
With losses in the Hindi heartland states, Congress failed in its aim to strengthen its position within the 28-party INDIA bloc, formed this July to challenge BJP in the 2024 Lok Sabha polls. TMC advocated making Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee the face of the opposition alliance, emphasising that the elections results were “Congress’s loss, not BJP’s win”.
Party spokesperson Kunal Ghosh remarked: “TMC is the party, which can provide the leadership in the battle to defeat the BJP in the country.” TMC asserted that Congress needs to “wake up from hibernation”, and “learn from its mistakes” before the 2024 general elections.
JD(U) accused Congress of sidelining its allies and attempting a solo fight against BJP, leading to counterproductive results. Bihar minister Vijay Kumar Choudhary urged INDIA bloc partners to take this as a lesson, highlighting the need for unity. “They (Congress) sidelined everyone – from SP and JD(U) to RJD. If Congress wants to win the 2024 Lok Sabha elections, it will have to give more weight to the regional partners,” JD(U) MP Sunil Kumar Pintu said.
NCP chief Sharad Pawar expressed optimism, saying: “On Tuesday, we are meeting at Congress chief Mallikarjun Kharge’s residence in New Delhi, where we will do an analysis of the results and put forth our common view.”
RJD expressed disappointment over Congress not honouring allies’ requests for seat-sharing. “Had the Congress leadership engaged INDIA bloc leaders in poll campaigns, the results would have been different. None was invited,” RJD spokesperson Shakti Singh Yadav said.
While Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav is yet to make an official statement, party leaders criticised Congress’s MP leadership’s “arrogance”, referencing the discord over seat-sharing ahead of the November 17 elections in the state. The fight intensified when former MP CM Kamal Nath said: “Let’s not discuss Akhilesh-Wakhilesh.”
(With inputs from Kolhapur)

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