It is also noteworthy that Sonia Gandhi took the lead for the get together of the leaders even after Rahul Gandhi has taken over as the Congress President in December past year with the feeling in the Opposition that senior leaders would show deference to her more than to her son. And so, invitations have gone out to Pawar - once very vocal against Sonia's foreign origins, Mamata - a strong critic of scams under UPA regime like 2G, Tejaswi - son of Lalu Yadav who had once said Congress bent on wiping him off from India's political scene, and Badruddin - whose offer of an alliance was rejected by Congress in 2016.
The congress leaders who attended the meeting include former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, opposition leader in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge and another senior leader Randeep Singh Surjewala.
Amid talks of an anti-Congress, anti-BJP "Third Front" to take on the Modi juggernaut in 2019, the Congress Party on Tuesday managed to bring together a formidable 20 parties under its umbrella at a special dinner hosted by UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi here.
Trinamool Congress leader Sudip Bandyopadhyay, DMK's Kanimozhi and Ram Gopal Yadav of the Samajwadi Party are likely to be present, and so would be leaders of left parties - CPM's Sitaram Yechury and CPI's D Raja.
He also said the leaders reflected tremendous positive energy, warmth and genuine affection.
Tejashwi Yadav said,"20 opposition parties attended today's dinner and are united, NDA is disintegrating with TDP and Shiv Sena miffed, it is due to BJP's dominating attitude".Читайте также: Djokovic suffers 'weird' loss at Indian Wells as he returns from surgery
Top NCP sources have said that Pawar has called a meet of all Opposition leaders, including the Congress, to discuss a strategy for the upcoming 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
"Much political talk but much more important - tremendous positive energy, warmth and genuine affection", Gandhi said in a tweet. It could not be taken up amid objections raised by opposition parties who have written to Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan requesting her intervention. After all, political leaders cutting across party lines are all set to possibly put aside their minor differences for the "larger good" - that of mounting a challenge to BJP and its allies.
On the opening day, top Congress leaders who are a part of the Steering Committee formed in place of the Working Committee will discuss the resolutions and chalk out the agenda for the three-day event.
The show of Opposition unity will not stop at Sonia Gandhi's dinner.
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