Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi is holding a meeting with various opposition parties on Friday. Leaders of 19 parties including Congress have attended the meeting held virtually. However, the surprising thing has been that the Samajwadi Party has kept a distance from the meeting. Leaders of Congress TMC NCP DMK Shiv Sena JMM CPI CPM NC RJD AIUDF etc. have participated in 19 parties.
The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) distanced itself from the meeting, while the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has not been invited. It is believed that the opposition will show its strength through the meeting. Leaders of opposition parties who have attended the meeting include Trinamool Congress (TMC) President and Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin, Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray, NCP chief Sharad Pawar. Sources have informed that the BSP was also invited to attend the meeting, but the party did not attend the meeting.
According to sources, a joint resolution or statement of opposition leaders can be issued after the meeting. A top source told India Today, “The meeting will focus on the monsoon session of Parliament, COVID-19 vaccination, the state of the economy and farmers’ distress.”
Didn’t get invitation from Congress: AAP
Aam Aadmi Party spokesperson Saurabh Bhardwaj said on the question asked about Sonia Gandhi’s meeting with the opposition parties that the party has not been invited by the Congress. He said, “Neither is the invitation given by the central government on January 26 or August 15, nor does the BJP-Congress invite us.”
Opposition unity will be seen after monsoon session
The aim of the meeting is to further strengthen the opposition unity after the recently concluded monsoon session of Parliament. The four-week-long session saw a new opposition under the leadership of Congress party leader Mallikarjun Kharge in the Rajya Sabha. Rahul Gandhi’s presence further fueled efforts to unite the opposition in both the houses of Parliament. This meeting of Sonia Gandhi is also being seen as a step taken with the aim of making the Congress stand stronger among the opposition. On August 9, Congress veteran Kapil Sibal also held a dinner party, which was attended by many top opposition leaders.