Opposition parties agree to boost coordination, NCP boycotts meeting

Elias Hubbard
August 13, 2017

Congress high command Sonia Gandhi had invited nearly all the opposition parties to unite as one entity against the BJP-led government on Friday, ahead of the last day of the monsoon session. The meeting was about to talk and discuss the strategy against the Prime Minister Narendra Modi the leading Central Government. 16 out of 18 parties, which were invited, attended the meeting. According to Indian Express, Congress leader, Ghulam Nabi Azad had spoken to NCP chief Sharad Pawar on Friday.

West Bengal Chief minister Mamata Banerjee is slated to attend the meeting.

"The special status was conferred on the region following a long struggle waged by social activists, politicians, and pro-Kannada and farmers organisations and not just due to the efforts of Congress party".

There were reports that two MLAs of the NCP in Gujarat might have voted for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and not for Congress candidate Ahmed Patel in the Rajya Sabha elections. We are not in alliance with the Congress anywhere, still we supported them in Gujarat, but their spokesperson in Gujarat kept blaming us. "Now, the Congress must remember this in future, reciprocate it and treat us like a younger brother", NCP senior leader Majeed Memon said. "We raised all issues pertaining to farmers, unemployment, atrocities on Dalits and minorities", he said.

He said the Congress President will form the committee and it has been left to her to decide how many members will be there. "When I spoke personally to Sharadji, why should I believe in sources", he said referring to Patel's remarks.

The special status, which has helped the people of the region get reservation in education and employment besides grants for development work, gave the Congress the edge it needed to win the 2013 Assembly polls.

Taking a dig at the Modi government for low employment rate, Gandhi said the government in Karnataka is doing a far better job in this regard.

After the repeated defeats at the hands of the BJP in a series of elections and the party's aggressive push to establish footprints in non-BJP ruled states through other means, the Opposition leaders are working around the "unite or perish" principle.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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