Congress president Sonia Gandhi has called a meeting of Opposition leaders on Friday morning in New Delhi
Congress president Sonia Gandhi has called a meeting of Opposition leaders on Friday morning in New Delhi, reported ABP news. It is still not clear why this meeting has been called but the reason could be to decide a plan for the future after Ahmed Patel’s victory in the recently concluded Gujarat Rajya Sabha election. The interesting part of this meeting though is that Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal (United) has also been invited. The JD(U) is currently facing its own challenges after it decided to break the grand alliance with Lalu Yadav’s RJD in Bihar.
The JD(U) was a part of the Opposition parties that had decided to vote for the joint candidates in the Presidential and vice-presidential elections. Even though the party had broken the alliance before the vice-presidential election, Nitish Kumar had come out and said that JD(U) will keep its words.
Meanwhile, Sonia Gandhi had expressed her concerns over alleged “politics of hatred and divisiveness” and cautioned against the forces of “darkness,” while speaking in Lok Sabha yesterday.
Gandhi had alleged these forces were trying to destroy the roots of democracy. These comments came during a special Lok Sabha session that was conducted to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Quit India movement.
In her speech, Gandhi had also taken a dig at RSS for not playing a role in India’s freedom struggle. “We will not allow the idea of India to be a prisoner to narrow-mindedness and communal ideology. Today it looks secularism and free speech are in danger. If we have to preserve freedom, we’ll have to defeat forces endangering it. We can’t and we won’t allow sectarian forces to succeed,” she was quoted as saying by The Indian Express.