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NCP skipped Congress party meeting, BJP says good decision

13 August 2017

In what can be termed as an initial phase crack in the Opposition camp, National Congress Party (NCP) on Friday skipped the meeting of various opposition parties chaired by Congress President Sonia Gandhi. A party MP who took part in the deliberations, against the party's decision, was penalised.

Utilising the stage to criticise veteran BJP leader LK Advani, Gandhi said the veteran was opposed to the amendment but the special status was granted once Congress came to power in 2004 under the rule of UPA-I.

The NCP claimed that it had skipped the meeting in protest against Congress' allegation that its two MLAs did not vote for Congress leader Ahmed Patel in Gujarat Rajya Sabha poll. "We also thanked MPs and MLAs who voted for them", Azad told reporters. "Conduct any meeting; nothing can hamper us in any way", he said.

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This is the second major opposition party, after Nitish Kumar-led Janata Dal (United), which has distanced itself from a united opposition.

After initially raising the bogey of Opposition unity, the Bihar chief minister has since switched sides to the NDA, however, Mr Yadav has refused to accept his decision. Mr Ansari was promptly suspended from the parliamentary party. Banerjee suggested that apart from different parties attending the public rally being organised by Lalu Prasad in Patna on August 27, four more programmes should be taken up jointly by the group in different cities in states like Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu within the next three months.

In the meeting, Mr Yechury said that the Left parties were working towards building an alternative narrative against the NDA government through people's struggle.

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The party, which returned to power in May 2013 after a decade in the opposition, will contest the assembly election on the basis of its performance over the last four years, including various welfare schemes for the people across the state, he said.

Accusing the Modi government of indulging in false and hollow promises, the congress leader said people know that Congress will do, what it says.

Hitting out at the government on demonetisation, Gandhi said, "last year I don't know what happened on November 8th Narendra Modi got an idea, he came on the TV and said Bhaio, Behno I'm going to ban the notes in your though it was fun".

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NCP skipped Congress party meeting, BJP says good decision