Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) President Sharad Pawar may kick-start his opposition unity efforts ahead of the 2024 Lok Sabha elections as the meeting of Rashtra Manch, a political forum established by Yashwant Sinha, is scheduled to be held at Pawar's 6 Janpath residence in New Delhi on Tuesday (22 June).
However, ending the speculations, election strategist Prashant Kishor told India Today that he would not be part of this informal meeting.
Ruling out association with any such third front gathering, Prashant Kishor said he does not believe a third or fourth front can challenge the BJP in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections.
Prashant Kishor met NCP Chief Sharad Pawar twice in the last ten days giving rise to speculations about Prashant Kishor joining the efforts to form a third front to challenge BJP in the next general elections.
The meeting on Tuesday will be attended by many, including Trinamool Congress leader Yashwant Sinha, Aam Aadmi Party MP Sanjay Singh, former J&K chief minister Farooq Abdullah, former JD(U) MP Pavan Verma, lyricist Javed Akhtar, journalist Karan Thapar and economist Arun Kumar.
"They (Pawar and the leaders) will discuss the upcoming Lok Sabha elections and the current political situation in the country. After this, the leaders would decide on how to bring the other important opposition political parties together," NCP national spokesperson and Maharashtra Minister Nawab Malik said.
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