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12 August 2017, 10:28 | Terri Saunders
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Before this 17 opposition parties had united to decide a consensus candidate for the Presidential polls and then 19 parties united to decide the candidate for the Vice-Presidential elections.
"The meeting authorised Congress president Sonia Gandhi to select the members of the small group", Azad added. But NCP's uncertain relations with Congress and friction caused by only one of its two Gujarat MLAs voting for Patel seemed to have cast a shadow over the opposition talks.
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, who arrived here on Thursday, met senior Congress leaders Ahmed Patel ahead of the Opposition meeting on Friday.
CPI (M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury said his party is of the view that the Narendra Modi regime can be opposed by creating an alternative narrative through the struggles of people. However, NCP's decision to stay away from the gathering came as a jolt to the opposition which has just lost JD (U) after Bihar CM Nitish Kumar returned to the NDA-fold.
Rahul Gandhi said the BJP government must punish the guilty. Parties that have a strong organisational strength in each of these states could take the lead in organising the programmes and other parties will join them, to make their presence felt on the ground.
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.
To bolster its joint parliamentary strategy, the opposition has chose to come up with a small group which will coordinate with all the opposition leaders, discuss issues and come up with a plan of what should be raised in the upcoming winter session of Parliament.
In the last two years, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi was out for 72 days on six foreign tours, which included places in UK, US, Turkey and Italy, data with top government officials looking at security-related aspects have revealed.
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