NCP skipped Congress party meeting, BJP says good decision

Nitish Kumar

Nitish Kumar

However, the NCP stayed away from the meeting at the insistence of senior leader Praful Patel who was upset at the constant criticism of the Pawar-led outfit by Congress leaders who claimed that his two MLAs did not vote in favour of Ahmed Patel in the Gujarat Rajya Sabha elections. The Congress, however, said NCP supremo Sharad Pawar had communicated his inability to attend due to ill health.

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi has also expressed his deep pain and held Yogi Adityanath government responsible for the tragedy.

NCP's "rift" with the Congress may be short-lived and the party may return to the opposition fold after getting some assurances from the grand old party. Janata Dal-United leader Sharad Yadav has been invited for the meeting. The 16 parties, which attended the meeting, chose to form a sub-group to prepare a agenda ahead of the Winter Session of Parliament. Banerjee suggested that apart from different parties attending the public rally being organised by Lalu Prasad in Patna on August 27, four more programmes should be taken up jointly by the group in different cities in states like Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu within the next three months.

JD (U) MP Ali Anwar's presence gave a feeling that the Bihar ruling party is on the verge of a split. The parties made a decision to take up the issues of farmers, Dalits, minorities and other marginalised groups during the period. CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury proposed that the parties should align with the people's movements on the ground, for instance like the farmers' unrest over policies of the government. The Left parties have already taken a decision to launch struggles of peasants and workers against the Modi regime, he added. Conduct any meeting; nothing can hamper us in any way, ? he said.

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