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Opposition unity gaining strength, SP with us: Congress

IANS  |  New Delhi 

Though Rahul Gandhi's party was not attended by many heavyweight opposition leaders, the party said the "opposition unity was gaining strength" and many leaders could not come as they were in their state capitals.

told reporters: "not attending the doesn't mean they boycotted it. They could not come maybe because they didn't have any in now. SP is also with us in opposition unity."

He was responding to the BJP's attack on Gandhi of not having acceptance of prominent opposition leaders.

"The representation of all the parties was important in the party. Most of the people of the opposition had come to the The leaders of some parties were in their state capitals hence they had sent their representatives. It was important for them participate in the Iftar," Shukla told reporters.

"The leaders who were in came. Those who were not there, their representatives came. So BJP's remark doesn't hold water," he added.

"Opposition unity is gaining strength, whether it was the display of unity during the oath-taking ceremony in or yesterday's (Wednesday) where most of the parties were present.

"One or two parties could not come for some reason, but their support is entirely with the opposition unity," he said.

Gandhi's was not attended by prominent opposition leaders like H.D. Deve Gowda, Sharad Pawar, Mamata Banerjee, chief Mayawati, leaders Mulayam Singh Yadav and Akhilesh Yadav and RJD

Even N. Chandrababu Naidu, who was believed to have been invited, did not attend.



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First Published: Thu, June 14 2018. 23:28 IST