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
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