NCP skips meet by Opposition parties

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Coming in the wake of Patel, political secretary to Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, staving off a determined BJP effort to stall his Rajya Sabha prospects, the opposition had aimed at signalling a fresh offensive.

As the Opposition seek to mount a united fight against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the saffron party on Saturday stated that the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) skipping the meeting called by Congress President Sonia Gandhi was a good decision.

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Gandhi has called a meeting of Opposition leaders today morning in New Delhi to chalk out a strategy against the Narendra Modi-led government.

There has been a news squandering around by the Congress party that the NCP MLAs instead of voting Congress candidate Ahmed Patel, they have voted for BJP in the Rajya Sabha elections, Gujarat.

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West Bengal Chief minister Mamata Banerjee is slated to attend the meeting. An upset NCP had then announced contesting the assembly polls in alliance with the JD (U). There are fears in Congress that NCP chief Sharad Pawar may be drifting towards BJP too.

When asked about the absence of NCP at the meeting, senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad told reporters he had personally spoken to Pawar, who in turn informed him that he was unwell and was therefore skipping the meeting. 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.

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In the last two years, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi was out for 72 days on six foreign tours, which included places in UK, US, Turkey and Italy, data with top government officials looking at security-related aspects have revealed. The farmer-related issue, increasing communal tension, misuse of investigating agencies, subversion of democratic institutions, attack on opposition leaders, etc were to be discussed.

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