The meeting will crystallise how Congress – the largest national party in the opposition – sees its own role in solidifying the anti-BJP alliance. As many as 24 parties are likely to attend a two-day conclave of opposition parties beginning from July 17 at Bengaluru, in Karnataka, to ostensibly zero in on a strategy to take on the Bharatiya Janata Party in the 2024 general elections. This is a significant rise from the 16 that had gathered at Patna on June 23. With the saffron threat looming large over the much-hyped "Grand Alliance" against the, former Congress president Sonia Gandhi appears to have jumped into the fray to stitch Opposition unity. Gandhi is all set to host a dinner for the Opposition leaders.
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