Updated: Sep 7
On July 18, over two dozen Indian opposition parties, including major names such as the INC, DMK, AITC, JD(U) etc. revealed a new political bloc: the “Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance”, or I.N.D.I.A. to counter the BJP led NDA's ever increasing political strength. Currently, all members together hold 142 seats out of 543 in the Lok Sabha, and 98 seats out of 245 in the Rajya Sabha.
This alliance was first proposed in late June, at a meeting in Patna, Bihar and was formally announced in Bengaluru, Karnataka. The first meeting of members as an alliance took place in the end of August, and was hosted by Shiv Sena president, Uddhav Thackerey in Mumbai.