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Results won’t impact INDIA bloc, says Sharad Pawar, Congress calls for next INDIA bloc meet on 6 Dec

Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar on Sunday said the outcome of the Assembly elections in four states will not have any impact on the INDIA bloc, which comprises more than 25 opposition parties led by the Congress.

As the counting of votes continues, the BJP has taken a comfortable lead in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh. Meanwhile, in Telangana, the Congress is poised to oust the K Chandrasekhar Rao-led BRS government to wrest power in another southern state.

In Madhya Pradesh, which was expected to see a close contest, it is clear advantage BJP. The party has cruised way ahead of the Congress in the early trends.

The results in Rajasthan are in line with exit poll predictions of a BJP victory. The BJP is comfortably ahead of the ruling Congress and the final result may just follow the state’s trend of not reelecting a party.

In Telangana, the Congress is way ahead of the ruling Bharat Rashtra Samithi that has been ruling the state since its formation in 2014.

“I don’t think this will have any impact on the INDIA alliance. We will be meeting at Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge’s residence in Delhi. We will speak to those who know the ground reality. We will be able to comment on it after the meeting only,” Pawar said.

Meanwhile, Congress called for the next Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance (INDIA) partners’ meeting in New Delhi on Wednesday.

Party chief Mallikarjun Kharge dialled the alliance partners, including Indian National Congress (INC), Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), and Trinamool Congress, and informed them about the meeting.

INDIA is a coalition of big-tent political parties led by the Indian National Congress. It was formed to take on the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) led by the BJP in the 2024 Lok Sabha poll. It was formed during an opposition party meeting in Bengaluru in July 2023.

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