Published: Fri, August 11, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Grace Becker

Opposition unity faces hiccups; upset NCP stays away

Opposition unity faces hiccups; upset NCP stays away

Giving further trouble to the opposition camp after Nitish Kumar's volte face, Sharad Pawar's Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) on Friday skipped a meeting called by Congress President Sonia Gandhi, reports said.

The NCP's staying away from the meeting comes after two of its MLAs in Gujarat are believed to have voted for BJP in the Rajya Sabha election on Tuesday. 16 out of 18 parties, which were invited, attended the meeting.

Besides Sonia Ganhi and other top Congress leaders, representatives of the National Conference, Trinamool Congress, CPI (M) and the CPI were present at the meeting. Suggesting that the opposition parties have to build an "alternative narrative" to counter Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the ruling BJP, Yechury said, "this could be done through effective strategy and by taking up pro-people issues such as agrarian crisis".

Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad sought to play down the episode saying he had spoken to NCP supremo Sharad Pawar who has been keeping ill-health for the past 4-5 days.

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Meanwhile, with Ahmed Patel emerging victorious in the Gujarat Rajya Sabha polls, the NCP on Wednesday reminded the Congress that this triumph happened due to their help, and the grand old party must remember this in the future.

It was also chose to set constitute a small coordination committee to discuss future strategy against NDA government.

"We are not the B-team of the Congress". Congress leaders are concerned that this may result in the NCP joining hands with the breakaway Congress, headed by Shankarsinh Vaghela, in the Gujarat Assembly polls.

Briefing reporters after the meeting, Azad said the parties had raised issues in Parliament in a coordinated manner and floor management has improved.

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