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Sonia Gandhi, senior opposition leaders focus on anti-BJP unity, polls, Rajya Sabha deadlock

Congress chief Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday night held ‘preliminary discussions’ with some senior leaders of like-minded opposition events on strengthening anti-BJP opposition unity, tips on how to work-out state-wise methods for the upcoming meeting polls to 5 states and in addition concerning the deadlock within the Rajya Sabha over suspension of 12 opposition MPs. They agreed on convening a bigger assembly of like-minded opposition events.

Whereas the assembly at 10 Janpath requested NCP chief Sharad Pawar and LoP Mallikarjun Kharge to attempt to discover with Rajya Sabha Chairman an answer to the stalemate on suspension of opposition MPs, the assembly was primarily to reveal Gandhi was reaching out and discussing anti-BJP opposition unity and technique with senior opposition leaders. She had invited Pawar, TR Balu (DMK), Sanjay Raut (Shiv Sena), Farooq Abdhullah (NC), Sitaram Yechury (CPI-M) for the assembly, which was attended by her son Rahul Gandhi and AICC common secretary KC Venugopal. Mamata Banerjee-led AITC, now on a poaching battle with the Congress, was not invited. The get together has already stopped attending Congress-initiated opposition conferences.

Abdullah later informed journalists, “a consensus has been constructed to plot a typical technique to maneuver ahead….We talked concerning the present state of the nation and the way we will work collectively and transfer ahead within the curiosity of the nation.” There are indications that Abdullah mentioned the J&Okay scene and the necessity for opposition events to contest meeting polls collectively towards the BJP.

An evasive Balu mentioned, “we mentioned suspension of MPs of the Rajya Sabha. Earlier within the day, opposition MPs belonging to the Congress and likeminded opposition events staged a symbolic march from the Parliament Home to Vijay Chowk to protest towards suspension of 12 Rajya Sabha MPs. The march began from the Gandhi statue, culminating in a press convention at Rajiv Chowk, addressed by Rahul Gandhi and plenty of opposition flooring leaders. Earlier than becoming a member of their Rajya Sabha counterparts for the joint march, Lok Sabha MPs raised the matter within the Home, registered their protest and walked out.

Addressing the joint press convention, Rahul Gandhi mentioned, “this (suspension of 12 MPs) is an emblem of crushing the voice of the folks of India. They’ve been suspended for 2 weeks now. They’ve finished nothing fallacious. We aren’t allowed to debate necessary points in Parliament. Payments after payments are handed within the din. This isn’t the best way to run Parliament. The prime minister does not come to the Home. We aren’t allowed to boost problems with nationwide significance. It’s an unlucky killing of democracy that’s going down.”

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