Sonia calls opposition meeting on Friday, Sharad invited

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi

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.

Speaking on the agrarian crisis in the country, he said that the Congress, unlike the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), has always worked to waive off the loans for the farmers.

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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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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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Congress Party is seeking to mount a united fight against the BJP.

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