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12 August 2017, 10:27 | Opal Carroll
Why did the NCP skip the joint opposition meet
As the Opposition seek to mount a united fight against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the saffron party on Saturday stated that the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) skipping the meeting called by Congress President Sonia Gandhi was a good decision.
Leaders of 18 Opposition parties led by Congress chief Sonia Gandhi will meet to chalk out a common strategy to corner the NDA government on a range of issues in the national capital on Friday.
This is the second major opposition party, after Nitish Kumar-led Janata Dal (United), which has distanced itself from a united opposition.
He is also organising a conclave in New Delhi on August 17, which will be attended by opposition leaders.
It chose to form a sub-group that would come up with a blueprint for a joint opposition strategy before the winter session of Parliament begins later this year. Mr. Shivakumar had recently been through gruelling Income Tax raids soon after he took on the onerous task of safeguarding 40-odd Gujarat Congress MLAs from being poached by the BJP before the Rajya Sabha poll.
Meanwhile, Azad said the joint meetings of the opposition parties have helped in better floor coordination which was lacking earlier. She has been the longest serving Congress president in the 125-year history of the party after being re-elected for the fourth time in September 2010. It was in meetings like these where these two were chosen as unanimous candidates.
The 18 Opposition parties had earlier made a decision to meet once a month to discuss various crucial issues and maintain better coordination among themselves to "unitedly" take on the government.
The opposition parties also extended an invitation to senior JDU leader Sharad Yadav for the meeting on Friday.
JD (U) MP Ali Anwar's presence gave a feeling that the Bihar ruling party is on the verge of a split.
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