‘INDIA bloc meeting finished on tea, biscuits without samosas, no…’: JD(U) MP Sunil Kumar Pintu

JD(U) MP Sunil Kumar Pintu on Wednesday spoke on the recently held INDIA meeting and took a jibe at the Congress party saying the meeting was only restricted to tea and concluded without any discussion on any serious issue. He also added that no samosas were served in the meeting as the party is short on funds.

Pointing out Congress statements that they are short on funds, JD(U) MP said, “They are seeking donations of 138, 1380 or 13,800. The donations are yet to come in. So, yesterday’s meeting finished on just tea and biscuits without samosa and without any discussion on any serious issue.”

In order to raise funds ahead of the general election which is due next year, Kharge launched the party’s crowdfunding campaign ‘Donate for Desh’ in the national capital on 18 December and asked people to join the fight against unemployment and rising costs

This statement comes as recent media reports claimed that Bihar Chief Minister and JDU Supremo Nitish Kumar and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) Chief Lalu Yadav were “unhappy” and left the meeting early over proposal of Congress Chief Mallikarjun Kharge as the Prime Ministerial candidate. The Congress has, however, dismissed the rumours stating that the meeting was concluded on a ‘good note’. 

Meanwhile, the fourth meeting of the ‘Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance (INDIA) bloc took place in the national capital on 19 December. The 28 parties participated in our fourth meeting and kept their thoughts before the committee of the alliance. West Bengal CM and TMC Chief Mamata Banerjee floated Mallikarjun Kharge’s name as the Prime Ministerial candidate of the mega alliance. 

The fourth meeting of the INDIA bloc concluded with the passing of the resolution on Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) and the suspension of MPs from Parliament. As the 2024 Lok Sabha elections loom just four months away, the allocation of seats becomes pivotal for the Congress, especially after recent electoral setbacks. 

Today, the Congress is set to hold a meeting with top party leaders to discuss party’s strategy for upcoming Lok Sabha polls and chalk out plans on seat sharing with like-minded parties of the INDIA bloc. Congress Parliamentary Party chairperson Sonia Gandhi and former party chief Rahul Gandhi would also attend the Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting. 

After its debacle in recently held assembly elections in five states, the party has maintained that its morale is not down. The party has already held a first round of analysis of the poll results and the CWC is likely to hold further discussions on the reasons of the defeat.

JD(U) MP Sunil Kumar Pintu criticized the Congress party for their recent INDIA meeting, claiming that it was only limited to tea and biscuits without any serious discussions. Pintu also took a jibe at the Congress party’s financial situation, stating that there were no samosas served in the meeting due to a lack of funds. This comment comes after the Congress party launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise funds for the upcoming general election.

There have been reports suggesting that Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and RJD Chief Lalu Yadav were unhappy with the meeting and left early due to Congress Chief Mallikarjun Kharge’s proposal as the Prime Ministerial candidate. However, the Congress party dismissed these rumors and stated that the meeting ended on a positive note.

The fourth meeting of the INDIA bloc, which consists of 28 parties, took place in the national capital. West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee proposed Mallikarjun Kharge as the Prime Ministerial candidate for the alliance. The meeting concluded with the passing of a resolution on Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) and the suspension of MPs from Parliament.

In the current context, the Congress party is set to hold a meeting to discuss their strategy for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls and seat sharing with like-minded parties of the INDIA bloc. This meeting will be attended by Congress Parliamentary Party chairperson Sonia Gandhi and former party chief Rahul Gandhi. The party is also analyzing the reasons for their defeat in the recently held assembly elections in five states.

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