The meeting was about to talk and discuss the strategy against the Prime Minister Narendra Modi the leading Central Government.
"This year this was the fourth meeting of like minded opposition parties".
Former Janata Dal-United president Sharad Yadav, who is visiting Bihar, was invited for the meeting but he deputed Ansari since he could not attend.
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The two leading politicians said the government wanted to ensure "there will not be a cliff-edge when we leave the EU". The joint comments by Hammond and Fox came after weeks of clashes over the UK's future outside the bloc.
However, PTI quoted the NCP leader Praful Patel saying that "even after we issued a whip to our MLAs (in Gujarat) and they voted for the Congress, why should we be accused of not supporting it?"
"We are not the B-team of the Congress".
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.
"If Congress is attacking NCP, despite the support extended in Gujarat Rajya Sabha polls, we see no point of attending the meeting", he told the media. The meeting would deliberate on these matters, he said.
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Amid broad based weakness on Wall Street, biotechnology stocks turned in some of the market's worst performances on the day. The major averages all closed in positive territory, although the tech-heavy Nasdaq outperformed its counterparts.
The opposition parties had come together to put up an "ideological fight" against the Modi government in the presidential and vice-presidential election, but the fledgling issue-based unity suffered a setback after JD-U President and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar chose to dump RJD and Congress and join the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance.
"We should work for poor, weaker sections, Dalits, adivasis, backward classes and those in need of help".
To bolster its joint parliamentary strategy, the opposition has made a decision to come up with a small group which will coordinate with all the opposition leaders, discuss issues and come up with a plan of what should be raised in the upcoming winter session of Parliament.
Claiming that BJP veteran LK Advani as Union home minister was against Article 371 (J), he said after Congress came to power in 2004, the special status was granted which has benefited people to a large extent today.
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Dillard's slumped 15.9 percent after the chain booked a loss for the second quarter as increased inventory led to big discounts. OIL: Benchmark U.S. crude added 27 cents to $49.44 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.
Congress Party is seeking to mount a united fight against the BJP.