Published: Sat, August 12, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

In jolt to opposition, NCP skips crucial meet

In jolt to opposition, NCP skips crucial meet

Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Friday expressed deep shock over the heart-wrenching incident in UP CM Yogi Adityanath's hometown Gorakhpur in which 32 children were died due to oxygen disruption.

Former UP CM and Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav has also held BJP-led UP government responsible for the incident and demanded 20 lakh compensation for families of victims.

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NCP supremo Sharad Pawar had on Friday morning assured senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad of attending the meeting of 18 opposition parties convened by Sonia Gandhi to chart programmes to jointly counter an aggressive BJP.

NCP was, however, conspicuous by its absence, especially in the backdrop of the just concluded Rajya Sabha polls in Gujarat on Tuesday where it was at logger heads with the Congress party over support to senior leader Ahmed Patel.

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A Congress leader said that invitations were being sent to opposition leaders for the mega protest in Gujarat and the party expected a good show at the satyagraha protest. The 16 parties, which attended the meeting, made a decision to form a sub-group to prepare a agenda ahead of the Winter Session of Parliament.

Apart from the Congress, Left parties, TMC, RJD, JD (U), NCP, JMM, DMK, NC, SP, BSP, RLD, JD-S, Kerala Congress, AIUDF besides some others are slated to participate in the meeting.

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"This year this was the fourth meeting of like minded opposition parties". Today's agenda for the meeting was to thank presidential and vice presidential candidate of the joint opposition which is Meira Kumar and Gopalkrishna Gandhi. The farmer-related issue, increasing communal tension, misuse of investigating agencies, subversion of democratic institutions, attack on opposition leaders, etc were to be discussed. A party MP who took part in the deliberations, against the party's decision, was penalised.

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