Tuesday, 17 October, 2017

Opposition parties to meet Friday

Modi-Shah-PTI Narendra Modi lauds Amit Shah's 3 years as BJP chief
Wilma Wheeler | 12 August, 2017, 00:20

Top Congress sources say they are convinced that he sided with the BJP in Gujarat in covert cooperation while claiming that he remains committed to the league of parties that have come together to explore a joint effort in blocking PM Modi's re-election in 2019. "By calling us she wants to create a rift between party members", he said.

Since Sharad Yadav is in Patna, he may be represented by Ali Anwar Ansari.

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, who arrived here on Thursday, met senior Congress leaders Ahmed Patel ahead of the Opposition meeting on Friday. NCP leader Praful Patel said even when his party had issued a three-line whip to its MLAs to vote for the Congress, leaders of that party were accusing it of not supporting its candidate. About a month later, the Chief Minister formalised his exit from the 18-party group by ending his alliance in Bihar with Lalu Yadav and the Congress; within an hour of calling it off, he was newly-hitched to the BJP, with whom he now runs the government. Despite this, he said, the Congress spokesperson in Gujarat had blamed the NCP.

Asked if he believed that the Modi-led BJP can be defeated by a united opposition, the CPI (M) General Secretary said: "Defeating is later, first let us build an alternate narrative". However, Patel said Rahul had called him a day earlier. They also made a decision to form a sub-group to chalk out plans for a joint strategy in the period before the Winter Session of Parliament begins. The Opposition parties chose to form a sub-group to chalk out plans for a joint strategy before the Winter session of Parliament. The issues that are to be highlighted, Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, who briefed the press after the meeting, said were agrarian distress, rising unemployment, atrocities on Dalits, Muslims and other vulnerable sections.

Apart from the Congress, Left parties, TMC, RJD, JD (U), NCP, JMM, DMK, NC, SP, BSP, RLD, JD-S, Kerala Congress, AIUDF besides some others are slated to participate in the meeting.

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