NEW DELHI: Just times soon after a morale-boosting win for Congress chief Ahmed Patel in a hard-fought Rajya Sabha election, the opposition been given a setback with NCP being absent from a meeting termed to chalk out a joint tactic from BJP.
The opposition leaders of 16 get-togethers authorised Congress main Sonia Gandhi to form a tiny group to coordinate with the “like-minded get-togethers” on programmes to be organised all through the three months till the wintertime session of Parliament. Coming in the wake of Patel, political secretary to Congress main Sonia Gandhi, staving off a determined BJP energy to stall his Rajya Sabha prospective buyers, the opposition had aimed at signalling a new offensive. But NCP’s unsure relations with Congress and friction triggered by only just one of its two Gujarat MLAs voting for Patel seemed to have cast a shadow around the opposition talks.
At the meeting, West Bengal main minister and Trinamool Congress main Mamata Banerjee proposed a several joint programmes all through the three months in advance of the wintertime session of Parliament commences in November. CPM basic secretary Sitaram Yechury proposed that the get-togethers really should align with the people’s movements on the ground, for instance like the farmers’ unrest around policies of the govt. Nevertheless, NCP’s conclusion to remain absent from the accumulating arrived as a jolt to the opposition which has just lost JD(U) soon after Bihar CM Nitish Kumar returned to the NDA-fold. There are fears in Congress that NCP main Sharad Pawar might be drifting in the direction of BJP too.
Justifying the no-demonstrate, NCP MP Praful Patel mentioned his celebration was indignant at being accused of not voting for Ahmed Patel despite acquiring issued a whip in his favour. He termed it a Congress propaganda to project NCP as “BJP’s B-workforce” to problems its qualifications in advance of assembly elections in Gujarat. On his portion, Congress veteran Ghulam Nabi Azad mentioned NCP main Pawar was unwell and he had spoken to him in advance of the meeting.
Banerjee recommended that apart from diverse get-togethers attending the general public rally being organised by Lalu Prasad in Patna on August 27, four more programmes really should be taken up jointly by the group in diverse towns in states like Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu in the future three months. Get-togethers that have a sturdy organisational strength in each individual of these states could consider the direct in organising the programmes and other get-togethers will sign up for them, to make their existence felt on the ground.
The TMC main also recommended that the future spherical of conferences of the opposition get-togethers be held in diverse towns so that they can create an impact although taking up challenges from the ruling BJP. Suggesting that the opposition get-togethers had to construct an “choice narrative” to counter PM Narendra Modi and BJP, Yechury mentioned, “This could be carried out by efficient tactic and by taking up pro-persons challenges this kind of as agrarian crisis.”
Aside from NCP, M Jose of Kerala Congress (Mani) excused himself from the meeting as he had a celebration programme on Friday.