Kharge in touch with leaders of all INDIA bloc parties, says Cong as seat-sharing talks gain momentum

After initiating seat-sharing talks with various opposition parties, the Congress on Wednesday said its president Mallikarjun Kharge is in touch with leaders of all INDIA bloc constituents to ensure closer coordination in the opposition alliance.

The assertion comes amid talk that the alliance could have a convener, with the name of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar doing the rounds for the post.

There have also been demands for having an office and a spokesperson of the opposition alliance, where 28 parties have come together to take on the BJP in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections.

“Mr Kharge is in touch with leaders of all parties of the INDIA bloc on how best to give structure to ensure closer coordination in alliance,” AICC general secretary Jairam Ramesh said.

He said the Congress president has also talked to all leaders, including Nitish Kumar, and decisions on key issues within the alliance will be taken soon.

Ramesh also said that discussions have started with all political parties, with some being in an advanced stage and some still in the initial phase.

“Talks on seat-sharing with TMC in West Bengal and with JD(U) in Bihar are expected to take place in a day or two,” he said.

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