The CPIM party, without an alliance with the TMC in West Bengal, faces an internal debate. If both parties put up a candidate under the I.N.D.I.A alliance, it may confuse voters. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee asserted only the TMC represents INDIA voters. CPIM now contemplates contesting as a Communist candidate, distancing from the INDIA tag.
Tensions in Tripura’s INDIA alliance over bypoll
A by-election for two assembly seats in Tripura sees a rift in the INDIA alliance due to CPIM’s unilateral candidate announcement. Originally, the Congress, CPIM, and Tipra Motha had considered a joint candidate against the BJP. However, CPIM’s unexpected decision has upset their partners, leading the Congress to raise concerns over CPIM’s dominance.
China’s preconditions for G-20 Summit bilateral with Modi
China pressures India for a bilateral meeting between PM Modi and President Xi Zin Ping on the sidelines of the BRICS summit. Though initially unplanned, China’s insistence on this meeting, with hints of skipping the G-20 summit otherwise, has posed challenges for the Indian External Affairs Ministry. Recent border talks between the two nations further complicate matters. PM Modi’s anticipated firm stance with Xi in South Africa remains a focal point.