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Rahul Gandhi bets on Congress win in Karnataka poll

12 August 2017

The meeting, attended by at least 16 opposition parties, was chaired by Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

After Lalu Yadav's anti-BJP rally planned for August 27 in Patna, opposition unity will face its big test in Gujarat where the Congress has chose to launch a satyagraha on September 1 along with other opposition parties, to protest what it calls are attacks on tribals in the state.

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The absence of the NCP, a constituent of the UPA, from the meeting triggered speculations that it is no more in the good books of the Congress, particularly after the Rajya Sabha elections from Gujarat.

It made a decision to form a sub-group that would come up with a blueprint for a joint opposition strategy before the winter session of Parliament begins later this year.

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Besides top Congress leaders, Trinamul Congress chief Mamata Banerjee is also likely to attend the meeting along with other senior leaders like Mayawati, Akhilesh Yadav and Sitaram Yechury, sources said. Apart from NCP, M Jose of Kerala Congress (Mani) excused himself from the meeting as he had a party programme on Friday.

Urging UP govt to take stringent actions against those behind the "crime", Sonia Gandhi asked state Congress workers to provide relief to families of victims. "We also thanked MPs and MLAs who voted for them", Azad told reporters. The farmer-related issue, increasing communal tension, misuse of investigating agencies, subversion of democratic institutions, attack on opposition leaders, etc were to be discussed.

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JD (U) MP Ali Anwar's presence gave a feeling that the Bihar ruling party is on the verge of a split. Speaking about Yadav and his disagreements over Kumar's decision to join the NDA, Kumar, who was in New Delhi on Friday, said that the decision was a joint one taken by his party and Yadav was free to hold any opinion he wanted to.

Rahul Gandhi bets on Congress win in Karnataka poll