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Opposition united to stop BJP's assault on institutions such as RBI: Rahul

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who attended the meeting, hit out at the Modi government over Patel's resignation, saying it was a matter of "great shock"

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Congress President Rahul Gandhi during a press conference after a meeting of opposition parties to discuss a grand alliance against the BJP for the 2019 Lok Sabha election, in New Delhi, Monday. (PTI Photo)
Congress President Rahul Gandhi during a press conference after a meeting of opposition parties to discuss a grand alliance against the BJP for the 2019 Lok Sabha election, in New Delhi, Monday. (PTI Photo)

There is consensus among that the assault on institutions such as the RBI must be stopped, president said Monday following the resignation of the central bank's governor Urjit Patel.

Gandhi's remarks came after top leaders of over a dozen met here as part of attempts to forge a front to take on the BJP in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who attended the meeting, hit out at the Modi government over Patel's resignation, saying it was a matter of "great shock".

"Institutions, from the CBI to the RBI, have become total disasters. This has never happened before. It is a matter of great shock. We must protest," Banerjee said.

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She proposed that the meeting should continue on Tuesday and leaders of should also meet President Ram Nath Kovind over Patel's resignation.

"The BJP is behaving like a dictator. There should be a campaign against this rule. Everybody has agreed to that," she said.

"Financial stability is not there... financial emergency has started," she alleged.

Gandhi said there is consensus among opposition parties to work together to defeat the BJP and protect India's institutions.

The meeting, held in Parliament annexe, came a day ahead of the results of the Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Telangana and Mizoram Assembly polls as well as the winter session of Parliament.

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

Besides Banerjee and Gandhi, former prime ministers Manmohan Singh and H D Deve Gowda, also a Janata Dal (Secular) leader, Sonia Gandhi, AAP convenor Arvind Kejriwal, DMK chief M K Stalin, NCP chief Sharad Pawar and Conference supremo Farooq Abdullah.

The others who took part were Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejashwi Yadav, 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, Ghulam Nabi Azad and Ashok Gehlot were also present.

First Published: Mon, December 10 2018. 18:55 IST
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