In jolt to opposition, NCP skips crucial meet

Claudine Rigal
Août 12, 2017

Coming in the wake of Patel, political secretary to Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, staving off a determined BJP effort to stall his Rajya Sabha prospects, the opposition had aimed at signalling a fresh offensive.

NCP was, however, conspicuous by its absence, especially in the backdrop of the just concluded Rajya Sabha polls in Gujarat on Tuesday where it was at logger heads with the Congress party over support to senior leader Ahmed Patel.

Soon after the conclusion of the Monsoon Session of Parliament, 16 Opposition parties met here on Friday to chart strategies for the period before the Winter Session.

Congress president Sonia Gandhi and vice-president Rahul Gandhi are expected to lead this protest.

West Bengal Chief minister Mamata Banerjee is slated to attend the meeting. Its leader Sharad Yadav is touring Bihar to assess the public's mood on the decision of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to junk the Grand Alliance with the RJD and Congress and join the NDA camp.

Top officials in the government citing reports, said the Centre had details of all the six foreign visits, which included a trip to United Kingdom in June 2015 and another to USA and United Kingdom in September 2015.

NCP has been urging the Congress to form an alliance for the year-end Gujarat assembly elections, a proposal that was given a cold shoulder by the latter. The BJP camp also said that the NCP MLAs did not vote in its favour, suggesting that there could have been more cross-voting from the Congress ranks. The parties made a decision to take up the issues of farmers, Dalits, minorities and other marginalised groups during the period. The farmer-related issue, increasing communal tension, misuse of investigating agencies, subversion of democratic institutions, attack on opposition leaders, etc were to be discussed. Apart from NCP, M Jose of Kerala Congress (Mani) excused himself from the meeting as he had a party programme on Friday.

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