India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi is now facing a formidable new alliance of opposition parties, the coalition, named INDIA (Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance). It aims to unseat Modi and his ruling party in the upcoming 2024 elections. Comprising previously fragmented opposition groups, the alliance seeks to safeguard India’s multiparty democracy and secular foundations, which critics claim have been under pressure during Modi’s tenure, marked by the rise of his Hindu nationalist Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP).
With India’s global diplomatic influence on the rise, Modi will seek re-election for a third consecutive term next year. However, his domestic rule has coincided with economic challenges, mounting unemployment, and attacks on minorities. Particularly Muslims, by Hindu nationalists, and a shrinking space for dissent and free media.
The 26-party INDIA alliance is poised to focus on these issues and other domestic problems. Including the ongoing ethnic conflict in Manipur. However, analysts emphasize that unseating Modi will be an arduous undertaking. As the country’s most popular leader, Modi’s BJP directly governs ten of India’s 28 states and is part of coalitions in four others. Holding over 55% of the seats in Parliament’s lower house.
Led by the Indian National Congress, a once-dominant political force, the INDIA alliance includes influential regional parties that are sometimes in direct opposition in certain states. The coalition faces challenges from ideological differences and personality clashes within the parties. Moreover, there remains uncertainty about ceding space to other groups in regions where they currently hold sway.
As the political landscape intensifies in India, the formation of the INDIA alliance marks a significant development in the nation’s electoral landscape. The opposition parties are determined to present a united front to challenge the incumbent prime minister. Setting the stage for an intense and closely-watched electoral battle in 2024.
Government to face no-confidence motion
The Congress party and Bharat Rashtra Samithi (TRS) have separately submitted notices for a no-confidence motion against Narendra Modi’s government in the Lok Sabha. Citing concerns over the Manipur issue. The motion has been accepted, and the Opposition is insisting that PM Modi address the matter during the House session.
Congress’s deputy leader in Lok Sabha, Gaurav Gogoi, submitted a notice to the Lok Sabha Secretary General’s office.