Anti-BJP front on the menu at Sonia's opposition dinner meeting

Anti-BJP front on the menu at Sonia's opposition dinner meeting

UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi hosted a dinner Tuesday night for 17 opposition parties to discuss the possibility of uniting against the BJP-led NDA in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections by forging an alliance.

The prominent leaders in attendance were NCP's Sharad Pawar, SP's Ram Gopal Yadav, BSP's Satish Chandra Mishra and former chief ministers Omar Abdullah, Babulal Marandi, Hemant Soren and Jitan Ram Manjhi, besides JD (U)'s Sharad Yadav, and Rashtriya Lok Dal's (RLD's) Ajit Singh.

Clarifying to media that dinner with opposition leaders should not be seen from a political angle, Congress party spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said, "This dinner hosted by Sonia Gandhi ji for opposition parties should not be seen from the prism of politics, it was for friendship and better dialogue between parties". The Biju Janata Dal, the Aam Aadmi Party led by Delgi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen chief Asaduddin Owaisi who was once a part of the UPA, the AIADMK, the Telangana Rashtra Samithi, the YSR Congress Party and the Shiv Sena were also not invited to the dinner.

"We are united and parties like Shiv Sena and TDP are not happy in the National Democratic Alliance (NDA)", said Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejashwi Yadav said.

He claimed at a time when the government was not allowing Parliament to function, it was obvious that leaders of various parties, who wanted to raise issues in national interest, would get together to discuss the current political situation.

He said this dinner on Tuesday evening comes in contrast to the hype created about three months back on Rahul Gandhi taking over as Congress president by replacing his aging mother.

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The dinner also signalled unequivocally that though her son may be the Congress president now, it is only her stature (and perhaps the added fear of political wilderness) that can act as the glue that can bring arch-rivals like the CPM and Trinamool or the Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party or even the Congress and Janata Dal (Secular) together in a central coalition even if these parties continue to fight against each other at the provincial level. But there were no political talks.

Earlier in the day, the BJP hit out at the Congress. "It was a political dinner but there were no political talks". Party MP Sudi Bandopadhyay is likely to attend the meeting as her representative.

The show of Opposition unity will not stop at Sonia Gandhi's dinner.

This can be seen as an attempt to made an anti-BJP alliance for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

Pawar has confirmed his visit to 10 Janpath.

"So it seems opposition parties already feeling a euphoria and hoping that now 'Acchhe Din" will be theirs soon.

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