Prior to the third meeting of the Indian National Development Inclusive Alliance (INDIA), Priyanka Kakkar, the spokesperson of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), expressed her wish on Wednesday that the party’s national convener and Chief Minister of Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal, should become the Prime Ministerial candidate of the coalition. This aspiration was shared before the alliance’s Prime Ministerial candidate selection meeting.
In conversation with ANI on Wednesday, Ms. Kakkar stated, “If you ask me, I would like Arvind Kejriwal (of the opposition alliance) to be the Prime Ministerial candidate.”
She mentioned that Arvind Kejriwal is addressing public issues and has emerged as a credible challenge to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the country’s top position.
Speaking to ANI, she said, “Whether it’s his academic record, qualifications, or any other issue, Arvind Kejriwal fearlessly presents his views on countless subjects.”
However, her comments came with a warning of unsettling the opposition boat before the Mumbai meeting, scheduled to start on Wednesday and continue until Thursday. The AAP leader noted that the party is working to lead India in a new direction.
She claimed that even amidst rising prices of essential commodities and food items, the national capital is experiencing “the least” inflation due to currency manipulation.
“Our government provides free water, free education, free electricity, free bus rides for women, and free pilgrimage for the elderly. And yet, we have presented a surplus budget. He (Kejriwal) raises people’s issues and emerges as a challenge,” said the AAP spokesperson, taking a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The third meeting of the newly-formed opposition alliance in Mumbai is anticipated to include participation from a total of 26 to 27 parties.
During the meeting, discussions about the strategies at the block level before the upcoming state elections and next year’s important general elections are expected to take place. There is also a possibility of unveiling the alliance’s logo during the two-day meeting.
In the central arena, a total of 26 parties, including Congress, came together against the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) led by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The inauguration meeting of the alliance was convened by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on June 23 in Patna.
The group’s second meeting was held on July 17-18 in Bengaluru, Karnataka, governed by the Congress.