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Opposition parties to meet Friday

Opposition parties to meet Friday

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.

A meeting of 16 opposition parties convened by Sonia Gandhi on Friday chose to extend their cooperation beyond the Parliament floor. Congress Party is seeking to mount a united fight against the BJP.

There were reports that two MLAs of the NCP in Gujarat might have voted for the BJP and not for Congress candidate Ahmed Patel in the Rajya Sabha elections.

CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury "deliberately" left after 40 minutes into the meeting, claiming that his party had problems over an electoral alliance with the Congress, sources said. Janata Dal-United leader Sharad Yadav has been invited for the meeting.

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Rahul Gandhi said the BJP government must punish the guilty. However, NCP's decision to stay away from the gathering came as a jolt to the opposition which has just lost JD (U) after Bihar CM Nitish Kumar returned to the NDA-fold. He called it a Congress propaganda to project NCP as "BJP's B-team" to damage its credentials ahead of assembly elections in Gujarat.

According to news agency ANI, senior NCP leader Praful Patel confirmed that the party had boycotted the opposition meeting called by Congress. Parties that have a strong organisational strength in each of these states could take the lead in organising the programmes and other parties will join them, to make their presence felt on the ground.

The 18 Opposition parties had earlier made a decision to meet once a month to discuss various crucial issues and maintain better coordination among themselves to "unitedly" take on the government. She has been the longest serving Congress president in the 125-year history of the party after being re-elected for the fourth time in September 2010.


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