Here is why NCP missed Opposition meeting called by Sonia Gandhi

Sonia Gandhi

Sonia Gandhi

Apart from NCP, M Jose of Kerala Congress (Mani) excused himself from the meeting as he had a party programme on Friday. The widow of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, who belonged to the Nehru-Gandhi family, was invited by Congress leaders to take over the reins of the party after her husband's assassination in 1991, but she vehemently refused to lead it.

JD (U) spokesperson K C Tyagi said the party will approve the proposal in the meeting in Patna.

Meanwhile, with Ahmed Patel emerging victorious in the Gujarat Rajya Sabha polls, the NCP on Wednesday reminded the Congress that this triumph happened due to their help, and the grand old party must remember this in the future. 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.

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Pawar's nephew Ajit Pawar is being probed by investigative agencies for financial irregularities committed during his tenure as Maharashtra deputy chief minister. She has been the chairperson of the United Progressive Alliance from 2004. Nitish Kumar had been a chief advocate of opposition unity and was seen as the most credible face of this camp.

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, party leader in the Lok Sabha Mallikarjuna Kharge, party General Secretary and state in-charge K.C. Venugopal, state unit President G Parameshwara and other party leaders were present on the occasion. The rift that surfaced during the Gujarat Rajya Sabha biennial elections, widened after the Friday meet and may worsen if the NCP tries to snatch the post of leader of opposition in the wake of the potential political developments in the state.When the NCP chose to boycott the meet to protest against questions being raised on its integrity, the Congress said the NCP was trying to get closer with the BJP.The bitterness between the two may worsen as the NCP is planning to stake claim on the post of leader of state assembly as well. "He is free to go where he wants", Nitish Kumar declared. These leaders urged Sonia Gandhi to formulate a coordination committee that would come up with a detailed plan to launch the campaign. Having made a start with the elections of the president and vice president, the opposition is keen to keep up the momentum of its fight even though it is facing serious roadblocks in this journey.

However, it could well prove to be an uphill task as the BJP is working equally hard to expand its footprint in states where it does not have a strong presence.

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