20 opposition parties attend Sonia Gandhi dinner

20 opposition parties attend Sonia Gandhi dinner

Leaders who attended the dinner said there was no structured discussion but only informal chats about politics on different tables involving leaders across party lines.

Sharad Pawar of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Ram Gopal Yadav of Samajwadi Party (SP), Tejashwi Yadav and Misa Bharti of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), Omar Abdullah of National Conference (NC), Hemant Soren of Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) were among other leaders who were present for the dinner.

The West Bengal Chief Minister also congratulated RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav for his party's performance in Araria and Jehanabad.

The others present included TMC's Sudip Bandyopadhyay, CPI-M's D Raja and Mohammad Salim, DMK's Kanimozhi, AIUDF's Baddrauddin Ajmal and leaders of Kerala Congress, besides Kupender Reddy of the JD-S. "Fabulous dinner tonight hosted by UPA Chairperson, Sonia Gandhi Ji".

The BJD and the TRS rule Odisha and Telangana respectively.

Later, Tejashwi Yadav and Sharad Yadav told news agencies that Sonia Gandhi's dinner meeting was the first step towards a comprehensive alliance for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

It is also noteworthy that Sonia Gandhi took the lead for the get together of the leaders even after Rahul Gandhi has taken over as the Congress President in December a year ago with the feeling in the Opposition that senior leaders would show deference to her more than to her son.

Revolutionary Socialist Party MP N K Premachandran said, "The interaction was informal but marked the foundation of future politics".

The dinner hosted by Mrs Gandhi is expected to set the tone for opposition unity in the run-up to the next general elections.

By hosting Tuesday's dinner, Sonia Gandhi indicated that she, not Congress President Rahul Gandhi, would lead the effort to build a broad unity of "like-minded parties" to take on Narendra Modi and the BJP in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. The dinner then is expected to have generous doses of political strategising on how best to mount a strong-enough attack.

Previous attempts to mobilise the opposition against the BJP made no progress due to ego clashes between volatile leaders who put regional interests over national interest.

He also accused the government of running away from a debate on key issues such as banking frauds.

Reassuring party workers that loyal and hardworking leaders would be given BJP tickets for the coming Assembly elections, he appealed to them not to waste time on such matters and instead work for the party's victory in the state. "It was a political dinner". But there were no political talks.

New Delhi, Mar 13 The BJP today blamed the Congress for the impasse in Parliament and dubbed it "anti-democratic", claiming that the party continues to have contempt for democracy as it had during the Emergency. "It was a political dinner but there were no political talks".

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