Opposition parties agree to boost coordination, NCP boycotts meeting

Sonia Gandhi calls opposition meet for joint action

The Nationalist Congress Party on Friday skipped an Opposition meeting called by Congress President Sonia Gandhi, reported ANI. Since Sharad Yadav is in Patna, he may be represented by Ali Anwar Ansari. Within hours of Ansari marking his presence at the meeting, the JD (U) suspended him from the parliamentary party.

This came amid an atmosphere of distrust after NCP claimed to have supplied the winning vote to Ahmed Patel in the Gujarat Rajya Sabha election, which Sonia Gandhi's close aide refused to readily buy.

Meanwhile, with Ahmed Patel emerging victorious in the Gujarat Rajya Sabha polls, the NCP on Wednesday reminded the Congress that this triumph happened due to their help, and the grand old party must remember this in the future. We are contesting the Gujarat elections separately, still we voted for them in the RS polls. "That is why we chose to boycott this meeting", Patel told PTI.

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. Sonia Gandhi has been authorised by those present at Friday's meeting to form a small group of leaders who will coordinate between all the "like minded" parties that have got together.

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.

Asked if he believed that the Modi-led BJP can be defeated by a united opposition, the CPI (M) General Secretary said: "Defeating is later, first let us build an alternate narrative".

It was also made a decision to set constitute a small coordination committee to discuss future strategy against NDA government.

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