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19 opposition parties attend dinner hosted by Sonia Gandhi

IANS  |  New Delhi 

Reflecting a possible line-up against BJP, Sharad Pawar, Trinamool Congress' and DMK's Kanimozhi were among the leaders of 19 parties who attended a dinner hosted by at her residence on Tuesday.

Considerable significance is being attached to the dinner in the midst of speculation about the political realignment that could take place ahead of next year's elections.

Leaders who attended the dinner also included Omar Abdullah, Samajwadi Party's Ram Gopal Yadav, Bahujan Samaj Party's Satish Chandra Misra, All India United Democratic Front's Badrauddin Ajmal, Rashtriya Janata Dal's and Tejashwi Yadav, Jharkhand Mukti Morcha's Hemant Soren, Communist Party of India-Marxist's Mohammad Salim, and Communist Party of India's D. Raja.

IUML's P. K. Kunhalikutty, Kerala Congress-Mani' Jose K. Mani, Jharkhand Vikas Morcha-Prajatantrik's Babulal Marandi, Revolutionary Socialist Party's N. K. Premachandran, veteran socialist Sharad Yadav, Rashtriya Lok Dal's and Janata Dal-Secular's Kupendra Reddy were also present as was Hindustan Awam Morcha Jiten Ram Majhi, who had quit the NDA last month.

Rahul Gandhi, former Manmohan Singh, Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad, Leader of in Mallikarjun Kharge and party leaders Ahmed Patel, A.K. Antony, and were among those present.

took the lead for the get together even after has taken over as the in December last year with the feeling in the Opposition that senior leaders would show deference to her more than to her son.

This dinner is also significant in the context of moves by regional parties like the Telangana Rashtra Samiti and the which have attacked BJP in the recent past and are said to be jockeying for a third front of parties against the BJP and Congress.



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First Published: Tue, March 13 2018. 21:24 IST