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Sonia invites Stalin, other opposition leaders for dinner

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has invited DMK M.for dinner on March 13, which will be attended by leaders from various parties from different states, who are not part of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA), sources said on Saturday.

However, Stalin will not be able to attend the dinner as the assembly session in is beginning from March 15, said a DMK

"Yes, he (Stalin) has been invited, but since the assembly session in is starting March 15, he may not be able come. Kanimozhi will be attending the dinner," DMK told IANS.

Gandhi is going to host the opposition leaders over dinner amid suggestions to forge a common front against the in the run-up to 2019 elections.

of Opposition and former Tejashwi Yadav, and former state of Hindustani Awam Morcha-Secular Jitan Ram Manjhi have also been invited to attend the dinner, leaders of the two parties said.

In the absence of Lalu Prasad, is the main player for -- an ally of the party and the lead constituent of the three-party

Lalu Prasad is currently lodged in a jail in Ranchi in connection with two fodder scam cases.

The latest entrant to the Grand Alliance and its third constituent is Manjhi's Hindustani Awam Morcha-Secular (HAM-S).

The dinner, which the sources described as "customary", comes amid renewed push by opposition parties to take on the on several issues including the Rs 12,600-crore (PNB) fraud case.

and 17 other opposition parties have been holding meetings since the presidential and vice last year to take similar stance on common issues against the BJP.

had last month said that she will work with like-minded political parties to defeat the BJP in the 2019 election.



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First Published: Sun, March 11 2018. 00:02 IST