Oppn meet on July 16 to dis­cuss RS dy chair elec­tion

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - | POLITICS POLICY - NEWS NET­WORK

New Delhi: Op­po­si­tion par­ties will meet to dis­cuss strat­egy on Mon­day for elec­tion of Ra­jya Sabha deputy chair­man amid in­di­ca­tions that the lead player Con­gress would give top pri­or­ity to get­ting a non-NDA mem­ber to oc­cupy the cru­cial post.

The meet­ing, to be steered by leader of op­po­si­tion in Ra­jya Sabha Ghu­lam Nabi Azad will also dis­cuss strat­egy for the com­ing mon­soon ses­sion of Par­lia­ment, be­gin­ning on July 18. Con­gress lead­ers said there has not been any di­a­logue be­tween the gov­ern­ment and op­po­si­tion on cru­cial is­sues in­clud­ing the bills stuck in the up­per House like triple ta­laq and OBC com­mis­sion.

“There is com­plete break­down of com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween the gov­ern­ment and op­po­si­tion. The Modi gov­ern­ment does not be­lieve in talk­ing to the op­po­si­tion,” deputy leader of op­po­si­tion in Ra­jya Sabha Anand Sharma said.

In­di­ca­tions are Con­gress would put con­sen­sus above any other con­sid­er­a­tion like push­ing its own mem­ber. There is pres­sure from op­po­si­tion par­ties like Tri­namool Con­gress and Con­gress man­agers ac­knowl­edge the party has to be more ac­com­moda­tive to come across as a “coali­tion builder” in the run-up to a busy po­lit­i­cal cal­en­dar. The party also re­alises be­ing ac­com­moda­tive is a must to take for­ward coali­tion talks with op­po­si­tion par­ties in var­i­ous states ahead of the Lok Sabha polls.

Con­gress and Left bloc be­lieve op­po­si­tion has a strong chance of win­ning the elec­tion be­cause key play­ers are will­ing to make sac­ri­fices. While Con­gress will seek sug­ges­tions from op­po­si­tion par­ties, it will also keep its own can­di­date ready.

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