Opposition Parties Unveil New Alliance Name: I.N.D.I.A
Opposition parties recently held a press conference after a meeting in Bengaluru to announce their alliance to challenge Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP. The new alliance will be called “I.N.D.I.A,” which stands for Indian National Democratic Inclusive Alliance, replacing the former UPA (United Progressive Alliance). However, the initial announcement was marred by confusion, with different versions of the acronym being presented.
Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge stated in the joint press conference, “We have come together and discussed various points. With one voice, people supported the resolution adopted today. Our alliance will be called Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance (INDIA).” This led to doubts and questions during the press briefing, as the acronym mentioned by Kharge did not align with the initial “Indian National Democratic Inclusive Alliance.”
A tweet from the official Congress account also contributed to the confusion, showcasing the acronym as “I.N.D.I.A” with “D” standing for “Developmental” instead of “Democratic.” This discrepancy prompted further uncertainty about the alliance’s name.
To clarify the situation, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Sharad Pawar’s tweet confirmed the real version of the acronym. “United We stand with I – Indian N – National D – Democratic I – Inclusive A – Alliance,” tweeted the veteran leader, adding the hashtag #SaveDemocracy.
Earlier, Jitendra Awhad, a leader of the NCP, had tweeted a similar expanded version of the acronym, attributing its creation to Rahul Gandhi during the opposition parties’ meeting in Bangalore. He stated, “In the ongoing meeting of opposition parties in Bangalore, Rahul Gandhi put forward a proposal to name this alliance as INDIA. His creativity was greatly appreciated. All the parties approved it and decided to contest the upcoming Lok Sabha elections under the name INDIA.”
Mamata Banerjee, during the press conference, passionately declared, “BJP, can you challenge INDIA? We love our motherland; we are the patriotic people of the country. We stand for farmers, Dalits, the country, and the world… INDIA will win, our country will win, and BJP will lose.”
Rahul Gandhi emphasized that the fight was not merely between opposition parties and the BJP but a “fight for the idea of India that was being attacked.” He explained, “That is why this name was chosen. The fight is between NDA and INDIA, between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and INDIA, between their (the BJP’s) ideology and INDIA. You know what happens when someone stands against India, who wins.”
Regarding the face of the alliance, Mallikarjun Kharge mentioned that a coordination committee and a convenor would be named.
The name “I.N.D.I.A” was suggested by Mamata Banerjee, and there was substantial deliberation on its full form during the meeting, as reported by news agency PTI, citing multiple sources.