Sonia meets opposition leaders to chalk out common strategy
New Delhi, December 15, 2021
Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday met leaders of DMK, NC, Shiv Sena, and NCP to chalk out a common parliamentary strategy and discusss how the like-minded parties could work together.
The meeting comes days after Trinamool Congress leader Mamata Banerjee categorically said that there is no United Progressive Alliance (UPA) now.
The leaders present in the meeting include NCP leader Sharad Pawar, T. R. Baalu of the DMK, Farooq Abdullah of National Conference (NC) and Sanjay Raut of the Shiv Sena. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi was also present in the meeting.
After the meeting, Baalu said, "we discussed the suspension of the MPs from Rajya Sabha," while Abdullah said that a consensus has been built to devise a common strategy to move forward.
"We talked about the current state of the nation and how we can work together and move forward in the interest of the nation," Abdullah added.
The crucial meeting of Sonia Gandhi comes on the day when Opposition took out a march on the issue of suspension of the MPs. In the meeting it has been decided that the MPs will not offer apology as demanded by the government.
The like-minded opposition leaders of both the houses of Parliament met in the office of Leader of opposition Mallikarjun Kharge. The opposition leaders took out a march in solidarity with the suspended MPs.
The opposition and the government are at loggerheads on the issue and on Monday the upper house of Parliament witnessed disruptions with opposition demanding revocation of the suspension.