Opposition parties to meet Friday

Opposition parties to meet Friday

Congress Party is seeking to mount a united fight against the BJP.

NCP was, however, conspicuous by its absence, especially in the backdrop of the just concluded Rajya Sabha polls in Gujarat on Tuesday where it was at logger heads with the Congress party over support to senior leader Ahmed Patel.

Opposition unity took yet another hit on Friday with Sharad Pawar-led NCP deciding to skip a meeting called by Congress president Sonia Gandhi to chalk out a strategy for the coming months.

"The meeting authorised Congress president Sonia Gandhi to select the members of the small group", Azad added.

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West Bengal Chief minister Mamata Banerjee is slated to attend the meeting. There are fears in Congress that NCP chief Sharad Pawar may be drifting towards BJP too.

Top officials in the government citing reports, said the Centre had details of all the six foreign visits, which included a trip to United Kingdom in June 2015 and another to USA and United Kingdom in September 2015. He called it a Congress propaganda to project NCP as "BJP's B-team" to damage its credentials ahead of assembly elections in Gujarat. Also NCP skipping the meeting shows that Congress has no power and has lost it long back. Parties that have a strong organisational strength in each of these states could take the lead in organising the programmes and other parties will join them, to make their presence felt on the ground.

After Lalu Yadav's anti-BJP rally planned for August 27 in Patna, opposition unity will face its big test in Gujarat where the Congress has made a decision to launch a satyagraha on September 1 along with other opposition parties, to protest what it calls are attacks on tribals in the state. Suggesting that the opposition parties had to build an "alternative narrative" to counter PM Narendra Modi and BJP, Yechury said, "This could be done through effective strategy and by taking up pro-people issues such as agrarian crisis".

"This year this was the fourth meeting of like minded opposition parties".

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