Congress has asserted that former party president Sonia Gandhi is still the UPA chief. This comes after a few opposition veteran leaders were not comfortable in co-ordinating with Congress President Rahul Gandhi, according to Indian Express report. NCP supremo Sharad Pawar had called a meeting of opposition parties on the day when Economic Survey 2017-18 was tabled by Modi government in Parliament. Congress is learnt to have told Pawar that Sonia Gandhi will call a meeting of the Opposition in the next few days to device strategies to take on the Modi government during Union Budget 2018 Parliament Session.
The meeting, which took place in Sharad Pawar’s residence, discussed were the way forward on the ‘Save Constitution’ drive initiated by Pawar in Mumbai and a joint strategy against the opening up of various sectors like the defence, retail and civil aviation for 100 per cent Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) by the government, according to report.
As many opposition leaders were not present yesterday, it was decided to hold another meeting on February 1 i.e. after the budget presentation wherein all opposition constituents will be present. Among those who attended the meeting included Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and Anand Sharma, National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah, CPI’s D Raja and CPI(M)’s T K Tangarajan, besides JD(U)’s breakaway leader Sharad Yadav, apart from other NCP leaders.
More leaders are likely to join the opposition forum on February 1 when they get together to discuss the strategy forward on opposition unity and floor management in parliament, the report said. Earlier in the day, Pawar had a word with the top Congress leadership in this regard. The NCP chief met Sonia Gandhi as well as Congress president Rahul Gandhi after the president’s address to the joint sitting of both houses of parliament at the start of the budget session.