In a letter to the Election Commission of India on Tuesday, Bharatiya Janata Party leader Advocate Ashutosh Dubey objected to the United Progressive Alliance (UPA)’s rebranding as the Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance (INDIA), claiming that it “appears to be using the name of our nation as a mere tool to gain power.”
Following a two-day gathering of 26 like-minded parties in Bengaluru, Karnataka, on Tuesday, the opposition parties decided to unite under the name INDIA, or the Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance.
The chairman of the BJP Maharashtra social media-legal and advisory department, Dubey, took notice of this and commented that it not only lacked originality but also seemed to be utilising the name of our country as a purely political tool.
The United Progressive Alliance (UPA) recently changed its name to the Indian National Democratic Inclusive Alliance (INDIA) ahead of the 2024 Lok Sabha elections, which has caused widespread dissatisfaction and is perceived as a deliberate attempt to exploit the name of our country for political aspirations, which I believe is illegal.
“While it is important that political parties do so without undermining the dignity and integrity of our nation, I do understand that political parties have the right to choose their names and develop their strategies for electoral success. By associating their political agenda directly with the name of our country, the Indian National Democratic Inclusive Alliance (INDIA) has not only displayed a lack of originality but also appears to be using the name of our nation as a mere tool to gain p
In the future, if the party wins, people will say “INDIA has won,” but if the party loses, they will say “INDIA has lost,” the BJP leader continued.
It suggests that the election results are equivalent to the victory or defeat of the entire nation, disregarding the various opinions, desires, and democratic rights of individual citizens, which generates a feeling of national disgrace, he claimed. Such a blanket statement compromises the pluralistic nature of our democracy and tries to manipulate public opinion for political ends, according to the letter.