Opposition unity faces hiccups; upset NCP stays away

Opposition unity faces hiccups; upset NCP stays away

Opposition unity faces hiccups; upset NCP stays away

The meeting was called by Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

On Friday, the NCP stayed away, miffed that the Congress suspected it of not voting in favour of Ahmed Patel in the high-voltage dramatic Gujarat Rajya Sabha vote last week.

From the meeting of the Opposition parties called by the Congress on Friday, it is evident that their unity remains a work in progress.

Mrs Gandhi's political aide, Ahmed Patel, had one vote less than what he needed to be r e-elected to the Rajya Sabha for a fifth term. But so did the lone Gujarat lawmaker from the Bihar Chief Minister's party, which meant he defied his boss' instructions.

The MLAs who resigned are Amit Chaudhary from Mansa, C K Raulji from Godhra, Raghavji Patel from Jamnagar (Rural), Bholabhai Gohel from Jasdan, Karamshibhai Patel from Sanand, Mahendrasinh Vaghela from Bayad and Dharmendrasinh Jadeja from Jamnagar (North) constituencies. Despite this, he said, the Congress spokesperson in Gujarat had blamed the NCP.

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Leaders of 16 opposition parties, including Trinamool Congress Chief Mamata Banerjee, Yechury, National Conference leader Omar Abdullah, RJD's JPN Yadav, CPI's D Raja, SP's Naresh Agarwal, RLD's Ajit Singh among others met here to chalk out the joint opposition programme for the next three months.

Summary: Chief Minister V. Narayanasamy on Saturday ridiculed the local unit of the BJP for its statement that the Union Territory would soon see the BJP forming a government.

At its meeting today, the opposition plans to strategise on how to confront the BJP in the next few months, both within and outside parliament.

In a sign of the party cracking the whip against its office-bearers sympathetic to Yadav over the issue, it had on Tuesday relieved its general secretary Arun Srivastav of his post, accusing him of appointing an election agent for the Rajya Sabha polls without due authorisation.

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