Indian ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) seems to be in trouble as top opposition leaders were gathered to discuss anti-BJP front and forging a grand alliance to take on the saffron party in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.
The meeting, significantly, comes a day before the results of the Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Telangana and Mizoram Assembly polls are scheduled to be announced and the winter session of Parliament is slated to begin. Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu are coordinating the meeting. He has invited the leaders of all the non-BJP parties.
“The meeting focused on identifying issues that will be important for the people and can form the bedrock of the Opposition’s campaign against the Narendra Modi-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government in the coming months,” said a senior Opposition leader who asked not to be named. “The main agenda of the meeting is to chart the future course of action for forming a non-BJP front,” a source said.
Congress chief Rahul Gandhi and United Progressive Alliance (UPA) chairperson Sonia Gandhi has attended the meeting, during which the Opposition also chalked out a joint strategy for the winter session of Parliament. Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar, Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo Mamata Banerjee, National Conference (NC) chief Farooq Abdullah, Communist Party of India (Marxist) general secretary Sitaram Yechury and Communist Party of India (CPI) general secretary S Sudhakar Reddy attended the meeting.
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21 August, 2019