Here is why NCP missed Opposition meeting called by Sonia Gandhi

Here is why NCP missed Opposition meeting called by Sonia Gandhi

The rift that surfaced during the Gujarat Rajya Sabha biennial elections, widened after the Friday meet and may worsen if the NCP tries to snatch the post of leader of opposition in the wake of the potential political developments in the state.When the NCP made a decision to boycott the meet to protest against questions being raised on its integrity, the Congress said the NCP was trying to get closer with the BJP.The bitterness between the two may worsen as the NCP is planning to stake claim on the post of leader of state assembly as well.

The opposition leaders of 16 parties authorised Congress chief Sonia Gandhi to form a small group to coordinate with the "like-minded parties" on programmes to be organised during the three months till the winter session of Parliament. The Congress, however, said NCP supremo Sharad Pawar had communicated his inability to attend due to ill health.

NCP leader Praful Patel said even when his party had issued a three-line whip to its MLAs to vote for the Congress, leaders of that party were accusing it of not supporting Ahmed Patel.

Just days after a morale-boosting win for Congress leader Ahmed Patel in a hard-fought Rajya Sabha election, the opposition received a setback with NCP staying away from a meeting called to chalk out a joint strategy against BJP. "Conduct any meeting; nothing can hamper us in any way".

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Apart from the Congress, the Left parties and JD (U), Trinamool Congress, SP, DMK, RSP, Muslim League and RJD were present at the meeting. Mr Ansari was promptly suspended from the parliamentary party. The action against Yadav came as BJP president Amit Shah announced that he had formally invited Bihar chief minister minister Nitish Kumar to join the NDA.

Hitting out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP-led centre for farmer woes in the country, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi called the government's promises of reducing unemployment and farmer crisis as "hollow and false promises". The report also suggests that various joint public meetings by top Opposition leaders in several states are being planned.

Rahul Gandhi also said that the Congress is continuously working to improve the situation of employment in the country.

"Such meetings are not effective". He also recounted how some parties had chickened out of the plan to collectively protest against demonetisations a year ago.

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