Opposition unity faces hiccups; upset NCP stays away

Pauline Gross
August 14, 2017

Congress leader Ahmed Patel on Wednesday expressed his gratitude towards JD (U) leader Sharad Yadav, whose party had supported the BJP but its lone MLA voted for Patel.

NCP is upset at the Congress accusing it of not supporting Ahmed Patel in the Rajya Sabha election in Gujarat. Nitish Kumar's JD (U) has already jumped ship and moved to the NDA.

The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) did a no-show at the Opposition meeting convened on Friday evening here, even as Rajya Sabha MP Ali Anwar, a member of the breakaway Janata Dal (United) that owes allegiance to Sharad Yadav, participated in the discussions.

Leaders of opposition parties met in New Delhi today. Mr Pawar's NCP claimed that it supplied the winning vote. The Chief Minister wondered how a party without even a single elected representative could think of forming a government.

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The MLAs who resigned are Amit Chaudhary from Mansa, C K Raulji from Godhra, Raghavji Patel from Jamnagar (Rural), Bholabhai Gohel from Jasdan, Karamshibhai Patel from Sanand, Mahendrasinh Vaghela from Bayad and Dharmendrasinh Jadeja from Jamnagar (North) constituencies.

The league was formed in April, partly on the insistence of the Bihar Chief Minister; it includes the Left and Mamata Banerjee and is pivoted by the Congress.

Yechury also walked out of the meeting saying the CPI (M) has made a decision to launch an independent peoples' struggle on twin issues of agrarian crisis and unemployment to build a popular alternative narrative to the propaganda unleashed bu the Modi-led BJP.

The meeting had been called to discuss Opposition unity and to chalk out a strategy against the Narendra Modi government. On the 27th, most of its A-listers are to attend a rally in Patna called by Lalu Yadav to attack PM Modi and his policies. This is being done to damage the credentials of the party ahead of the Gujarat elections.

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