Published: Mon, August 14, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Sharad Pawar's NCP skips meeting called to discuss Opposition unity

Sharad Pawar's NCP skips meeting called to discuss Opposition unity

The decision by the NCP to stay away from the meeting came as a jolt to the opposition which had something to smile about following the Rajya Sabha win by Ahmed Patel. The anti-BJP front, already seriously dented by the exit of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar last month, now appears to have shrunk from 18 to 16 members.

The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) skipped a meeting of Opposition political parties on Friday. The Chief Minister wondered how a party without even a single elected representative could think of forming a government.

In recent months, as the tension in Maharashtra between the BJP and its junior partner, the Shiv Sena, has swollen, there has been talk of Mr Pawar back-channelling offers of help, suggesting that he could fill in if the Sena yes exits the government.

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Yechury also walked out of the meeting saying the CPI (M) has chose to launch an independent peoples' struggle on twin issues of agrarian crisis and unemployment to build a popular alternative narrative to the propaganda unleashed bu the Modi-led BJP.

The leaders who did attend included the Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee, the National Conference's Omar Abdullah, the CPI-M's Sitaram Yechury, and the CPI's D Raja. But in June, Mr Kumar whacked it out of shape by supporting the BJP's Ram Nath Kovind's ascension to President of India.

Summary: Chief Minister V. Narayanasamy on Saturday ridiculed the local unit of the BJP for its statement that the Union Territory would soon see the BJP forming a government.

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The meeting had been called to discuss Opposition unity and to chalk out a strategy against the Narendra Modi government.

In a sign of the party cracking the whip against its office-bearers sympathetic to Yadav over the issue, it had on Tuesday relieved its general secretary Arun Srivastav of his post, accusing him of appointing an election agent for the Rajya Sabha polls without due authorisation.

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