So­nia Calls Oppn Meet for Joint Ac­tion

Ben­gal CM Ma­mata ex­pected to at­tend; JDU’s Sharad Ya­dav also in­vited though he is on Bi­har trip

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

New Delhi: Congress pres­i­dent So­nia Gandhi is sched­uled to hold a meet­ing of lead­ers of var­i­ous op­po­si­tion par­ties on Friday, the last day of the mon­soon ses­sion of Par­lia­ment. West Ben­gal chief min­is­ter Ma­mata Ban­er­jee is likely to at­tend the meet­ing, which is ex­pected to find ways to ex­tend the demon­strated unity of the like-minded op­po­si­tion par­ties in Par­lia­ment and take up is­sues of com­mon con­cerns through joint ag­i­ta­tions.

The in­vi­ta­tions for the meet­ing have been sent out to those par­ties which had united dur­ing the pres­i­den­tial and vice-pres­i­den­tial elec­tions. Apart from the Congress brass, TMC, Left, RJD, BSP, SP, DMK, RSP, IUML, JMM, NC, NCP and AIUDF rep­re­sen­ta­tives are also ex­pected at the meet­ing. Though the Ni­tish Ku­mar-led JDU has been ex­cluded from the list fol­low­ing its re­align­ment with BJP, Congress has sig­nalled a sol­i­dar­ity mes­sage by ex­tend­ing in­vi­ta­tion to dis­sent­ing JDU leader Sharad Ya­dav, even though he will be in the mid­dle of a Bi­har tour on Friday.

Farmer-re­lated issue, “in­creas­ing com­mu­nal ten­sion”, “mis­use of in­ves­ti­gat­ing agen­cies”, “sub­ver­sion of demo­cratic in­sti­tu­tions”, “at­tack on op­po­si­tion lead­ers”, etc are ex­pected to fig­ure in the dis­cus­sions. Some lead­ers may pro­pose a co­or­di­na­tion mech­a­nism for op­po­si­tion unity, which is be­ing nur­tured with the aim of prop­ping up an anti-BJP al­liance in the 2019 polls.

IS­SUES TO BE DIS­CUSSED

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