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Opposition meet: Congress, TMC, other parties come together; BSP, SP skip

The opposition meeting was coordinated by Andhra Pradesh chief minister and TDP supremo N Chandrababu Naidu and a number of opposition leaders were invited

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

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Congress President Rahul Gandhi, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, Loktantrik Janata Dal (LJD) leader Sharad Yadav, Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad,DMK president M K Stalin and other party leaders during a press conference. (PTI)

Top leaders of over a dozen including the and the met here on Monday as part of attempts to forge an united front to take on the in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

The (BSP) and the (SP) skipped the meeting held on the eve of the winter session of Parliament starting on Tuesday. The meeting held in Parliament annexe also comes a day ahead of the results of Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Telangana and Mizoram Assembly polls.

The opposition meeting was coordinated by Andhra Pradesh chief minister and TDP supremo and a number of opposition leaders were invited.

It was preceded by parleys among leaders of with Naidu meeting West Bengal chief minister and chief Mamata Banerjee and DMK chief M K Stalin holding talks with AAP leader and Delhi chief minister

Besides Banerjee, Kejriwal and Stalin, the meeting was attended among others by former prime ministers Manmohan Singh and H D Deve Gowda, also a leader, president and Sonia Gandhi, NCP chief Sharad Pawar and Conference supremo Farooq Abdullah.

The others who took part were (RJD) leader Tejashwi Yadav, CPI-M general secretary Sitaram Yechury, CPI leaders Sudhakar Reddy and D Raja, Loktantrik Janata Dal leader and Jharkhand Vikas Morcha's (JVM) Babulal Marandi.

Top leaders Ahmed Patel, A K Antony, and were also present.

Sources said the main agenda of the meeting is to chart the future course of action for forging opposition unity and a front of non-parties to take on the

They said the are also expected to chalk out their strategy to corner the government in Parliament tomorrow on issues like the Rafale jet deal, farmers distress and communal polarisation in the wake of growing calls for Ram temple construction.

The BJP dubbed the opposition meet as a "photo opportunity" with its spokesperson Sambit Patra alleging it is a meeting of the "corrupt" to "save themselves".

BJP general secretary took a dim view of the meeting and said Sunday the opposition parties should first declare a prime ministerial candidate before thinking of ousting the Modi government.

Earlier, the meeting was planned for November 22, but had to be deferred because of the Assembly polls in five states.

First Published: Mon, December 10 2018. 23:00 IST
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