Sonia, Rahul express pain at UP child deaths

13 August, 2017, 22:49 | Author: Brenda Erickson
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Congress high command Sonia Gandhi had invited nearly all the opposition parties to unite as one entity against the BJP-led government on Friday, ahead of the last day of the monsoon session. A party MP who took part in the deliberations, against the party's decision, was penalised.

Claiming that BJP veteran LK Advani as Union home minister was against Article 371 (J), he said after Congress came to power in 2004, the special status was granted which has benefited people to a large extent today. According to a report by The Indian Express, the meeting was called in order to launch a joint campaign against the NDA government on issues such as increasing unemployment, attacks on minorities, agrarian crisis and others. The rift that surfaced during the Gujarat Rajya Sabha biennial elections, widened after the Friday meet and may worsen if the NCP tries to snatch the post of leader of opposition in the wake of the potential political developments in the state.When the NCP made a decision to boycott the meet to protest against questions being raised on its integrity, the Congress said the NCP was trying to get closer with the BJP.The bitterness between the two may worsen as the NCP is planning to stake claim on the post of leader of state assembly as well.

On Saturday, JD (U) members of the Upper House members backing Nitish met Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu to hand him a letter appointing R.C.P. Singh as their leader in place of Yadav in the House.

"After we issued a whip to our MLAs, they voted for the Congress. Conduct any meeting; nothing can hamper us in any way", he said.

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He is also organising a conclave in New Delhi on August 17, which will be attended by opposition leaders. 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.

Sources said the Opposition leaders discussed taking up state-specific issues to corner the BJP and forming on a common minimum agenda. However, Mr Yechury said the Left has a problem with such a programme.

"Such meetings are not effective".

Hitting out at the government on demonetisation, Gandhi said, "last year I don't know what happened on November 8th Narendra Modi got an idea, he came on the TV and said Bhaio, Behno I'm going to ban the notes in your pockets.as though it was fun".

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