Sonia calls on Opp leaders to unite; TMC is’ not invited.
Congress, the president of Congress Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday, met with senior leaders from certain opposition parties. It includes NCP Chief Sharad Pawar to convey seriousness about maintaining opposing parties in line.
The initiative to make contact comes when there is a growing tension between the Trinamool Congress (TMC) and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) are trying to claim its turf across a variety of states, including in poll-bound Goa.
The meeting was held on the same day when West Bengal Chief Minister and TMC chief Mamata Banerjee was in Goa and Telangana CM K Chandrasekhar Rao met his Tamil Nadu counterpart. Also, DMK chief M K Stalin, reviving discussions of efforts to create one anti and anti-BJP Front.
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In addition to Pawar, CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury Sitaram Yechury, the DMK’s T R Baalu, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut, and National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah were among the participants at the gathering. The senior Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, as well as Kharge, were as well.
Sources have said that the Trinamool Congress was not invited to the gathering. However, a senior Congress leader claimed that TMC could not have attended the meeting if it had not been invited.
Its members haven’t attended meetings organized by the Leader of Opposition at Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge to coordinate the floor in Parliament.
Sources say that the leaders discussed how to solve the Rajya Sabha’s impasse over the expulsion of 12 MPs from the Opposition.
The leaders also agreed that the parties should work to bring the Opposition together to defeat the BJP, It is reported. The leaders also agreed that they must be more regular in their meetings.
Sonia was last able to convene an assembly with Opposition Leaders in August. However, the Congress chief has been showing more active signs over the last few days.
Last weekend, she went to Jaipur to attend a party gathering that she hadn’t been to in a long time.
In the morning, she appeared in Lok Sabha after a long gap in her absence. She raised the question of the “misogynistic” passage on the CBSE Class X Board exam paper.
Sonia is also expected to attend a celebration event to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Bangladesh liberation battle.
At the time of the meeting, sources told reporters that the Opposition leaders discussed the stalemate in Parliament in-depth. Pawar is believed to have claimed that he’s already sought an appointment to meet Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu to discuss the matter.
It was decided then that Kharge and Kharge could meet Naidu in a group. However, sources claimed that Naidu has already informed Pawar that MPs’ suspension revocation isn’t at his discretion.