NCP boycotts Opposition meeting called by Sonia Gandhi

Yolanda Curtis
August 11, 2017

If the exit of the Nitish Kumar-led Janata Dal (United) from the group of 18 parties that have been working together to challenge the Modi government will cast its shadow on a meeting of the Opposition scheduled to be held here on Friday evening, another crack may have just appeared in their unity.

MP Ali Anwar Ansari also attended the meeting as the representative of rebel leader Sharad Yadav, whom Gandhi had called on Thursday with an invitation to attend Friday's meeting.

"We are not beholden to the Congress".

Though the NCP had claimed to have voted in favour of the Congress candidate in Gujarat, the party feels it has reasons to be sceptic since the lone lawmaker of JDU in Gujarat also made the same claim and the number that went in favour of Ahmed Patel does not accommodate both.

"Even after we issued a whip to our MLAs, they voted for the Congress. And what we get in return is accusations", Patel said.

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.

Besides top Congress leaders, Trinamul Congress chief Mamata Banerjee is also likely to attend the meeting along with other senior leaders like Mayawati, Akhilesh Yadav and Sitaram Yechury, sources said.

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

Azad said the leaders made a decision to form a small coordination committee that would talk to all parties and chalk out a common programme for the next three months. "If the Congress is publicly attacking the NCP despite the party's support in Gujarat's Rajya Sabha polls, why should we come for the meeting?"

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