NCP boycotts Opposition meeting called by Sonia Gandhi

Elias Hubbard
August 13, 2017

Calling upon the party's state leaders and cadres to work together with unity, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Saturday said the party would win the assembly election in the state due in April-May 2018.

JD (U) general secretary K C Tyagi said, "Calling our party members in meeting of Opposition leaders reveals Sonia Gandhi's wrong intentions".

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 chose to launch a satyagraha on September 1 along with other opposition parties, to protest what it calls are attacks on tribals in the state.

Soon after the conclusion of the Monsoon Session of Parliament, 16 Opposition parties met here on Friday to chart strategies for the period before the Winter Session.

Today's meeting made a decision to form a small group to coordinate with all Opposition parties during the session-break. The BJP camp also said that the NCP MLAs did not vote in its favour, suggesting that there could have been more cross-voting from the Congress ranks.

In the last two years, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi was out for 72 days on six foreign tours, which included places in UK, US, Turkey and Italy, data with top government officials looking at security-related aspects have revealed.

Born Antonia Edvige Albina Maino on December 9, 1946, Sonia Gandhi is an Italy-born Indian politician. The meeting was about to talk and discuss the strategy against the Prime Minister Narendra Modi the leading Central Government.

When asked if opposition parties are going to attend the rally called by Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad on 27 August in Patna, Azad said that there was a discussion on it and all the opposition leaders who are keen on attending it will be doing so. A party MP who took part in the deliberations, against the party's decision, was penalised.

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