In jolt to opposition, NCP skips crucial meet

Pauline Gross
August 12, 2017

Congress Party is seeking to mount a united fight against the BJP.

The widow of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, who belonged to the Nehru-Gandhi family, was invited by Congress leaders to take over the reins of the party after her husband's assassination in 1991, but she vehemently refused to lead it.

Besides top Congress leaders, Trinamool 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.

The 18 Opposition parties had earlier chose to meet once a month to discuss various crucial issues and maintain better coordination among themselves to "unitedly" take on the government.

Speaking to ANI, BJP spokesperson Syed Zafar Islam said, ?The opposition can never over rule the BJP with any meeting that they conduct.

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When asked about the absence of NCP at the meeting, senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad told reporters he had personally spoken to Pawar, who in turn informed him that he was unwell and was therefore skipping the meeting. "After the Congress MLA's betraying its own party shows how strong they are?" "Conduct any meeting; nothing can hamper us in any way". But NCP's uncertain relations with Congress and friction caused by only one of its two Gujarat MLAs voting for Patel seemed to have cast a shadow over the opposition talks.

On Wednesday NCP told Congress that the grand old party must remember this that Congress succeed only because of they helped them, They should not forget this in the future. We are contesting the Gujarat elections separately, still we voted for them in the RS polls.

Meanwhile in the Gujrat Rajsabha election Ahmed Patel emerging victorious.

The NCP has been asserting that it had issued a whip to its two MLAs to vote in favour of Ahmed Patel and both the legislators had followed suit.

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