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Opposition decides to have pre-poll alliance, common minimum programme for LS polls

IANS  |  New Delhi 

In a significant development, major national parties on Thursday decided to have a pre-poll pact and a common minimum programme (CMP) to defeat the BJP in the coming polls even as appeared to keep its options open about tying up with in and the in

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The decisions were announced after a meeting of the opposition parties at the residence of following their "remove dictatorship, save democracy" joint protest in the national capital.

Apart from Gandhi, the meeting was attended by Congress and Mamata Banerjee, and N. Chandrababu Naidu, leader and and

At a joint interaction later, Banerjee said they will go for pre-poll alliance so that there is no problem later.

"We will do a pre-poll alliance so that there is no problem after the election. And our appeal to people is to save country and bring government of people," she said.

Banerjee said the meeting was "very good" and "fruitful" and there will be regular meetings as elections were coming and there was need of coordination.

She said about 25 days were left for notification by the and they will also prepare a

"There is a need to save the country from disaster on the hands of the BJP, and And for that we will also do a pre-poll alliance. We will again sit on February 26,27 or 28 when we have time. We all have agreed on common minimum programme and Rahulji will prepare a draft and sent to us and then we shall clear it."

Gandhi also said that the meeting was very "constructive".

"We have agreed that the principal target for all of us is to fight the assualt on the Indian institutions carried out by Narendra Modi, by the BJP, by the RSS. We have all agreed that we will start a conversation about common minimum programme. We will start by putting together the pieces. Discussion had now begun and we have a commitment to defeat the BJP," he said.

Asked about alliance with in and in West Bengal, he said till now, no decision had been taken.

Kejriwal said entire country wants that people should come together "to remove and and that process has started today".

He said they discussed how Modi and Shah "destroyed the country" and more details of the action plan will be out soon.

Abdullah said it had been decided to prepare a common minimum programme which is acceptable to all.

"We want a government that keeps united and which connects government to people," he said.

Naidu said "we like-minded political parties" will work together.

"What the leaders have said today, there is a democratic compulsion," he said.

Although the Left parties were part of the protest held during the day, they did not come for the meeting at Pawar's residence.



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First Published: Wed, February 13 2019. 23:40 IST