Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Sonia hosts dinner for opposition, prominent leaders attend

Sonia hosts dinner for opposition, prominent leaders attend

According to top NCP sources, Sharad Pawar has called a meet of all opposition leaders, including the Congress, to discuss a strategy for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

Considerable significance is being attached to the dinner in the midst of speculation about the political realignment that could take place ahead of next year's Lok Sabha elections.

Congress President Rahul Gandhi later said there was "much political talk" during the dinner meeting. However, amid the feud between the Telgu Desham Party (TDP) of Andhra Pradesh, Lead by Chandrabhanu Naidu, has not been invited to the dinner hosted by Sonia Gandhi.TDP made headlines after it recently pulled out two of its ministers' from PM Modi's government.

He said opposition leaders got together to discuss issues in national interest, create bonhomie in the opposition and exchange views.

"Laluji's (RJD supremo Lalu Prasad) effort to have a mahagathbandhan (grand alliance) at the national level, this was a positive move towards that", he said and accused the BJP-led government of political vendetta against its opponents. "So even the Congress has been invited for the meet", a top NCP leader told reporters.

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Kumar said besides the financial business, the government was keen to get Parliament approval for the Fugitive Economic Offenders Bill, the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, Payment of Gratuity Bill, the Medical Council of India Bill among others. As all the opposition parties seem to be finding ways to de-throne the rising power of BJP, the gala dinner is likely to be attended by 17 opposition parties.

The prominent leaders in attendance were NCP's Sharad Pawar, SP's Ram Gopal Yadav, BSP's Satish Chandra Misra and former chief ministers Omar Abdullah, Babulal Marandi, Hemant Soren and Jiten Ram Manjhi, besides JD (U)'s Sharad Yadav and RLD's Ajit Singh.

Apart from Sonia, the Congress was represented by party president Rahul Gandhi, former prime minister Manmohan Singh, leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad, and other senior leaders including AK Antony, Ahmed Patel, Mallikarjun Kharge and Randeep Singh Surjewala.

It is also noteworthy that Sonia Gandhi took the lead for the get together of the leaders even after Rahul Gandhi has taken over as the Congress President in December past year with the feeling in the Opposition that senior leaders would show deference to her more than to her son.

The government has no plans to curtail the ongoing Budget Session, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar said here on Tuesday even as he launched a strident attack on the Congress for disruptions in both the Houses of Parliament.

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