The main agenda of the meeting will be to unite all opposition parties and speak as one voice against the atrocities of BJP-led government. This is the third attempt in past few months when the oppositions are standing as one anti-BJP unit. The first time all the opposition were called by Sonia Gandhi to decide a consensus candidate for the presidential elections. 17 parties stood united and had nominated Meira Kumar against NDA candidate Ram Nath Kovind. The second time was the unity got stronger as two more parties joined to field a consensus candidate Gopal Krishna Gandhi against Venkaiah Naidu for the Vice-presidential polls.
The high tides hitting the shores of Indian politics recently has brought a lot many changes with it. Nitish Kumar breaking the grand alliance with RJD-Congress and forming a new government with BJP in Bihar, MLAs and MLCs quitting the parties to join BJP and Modi-led government adopting all means to pitch in every state either solely or by allying. All these incidents are indicating that democracy of India is in grave danger and are giving a tough time to all the opposition parties who are thriving hard to assure their place in Indian politics. Amid all this turmoil Congress is trying to unite all the opposition parties and stand as one against BJP.
Congress President Sonia Gandhi has invited almost all opposition parties including TMC, Left, RJD, BSP, SP, DMK, RSP, IUML, JMM, NC, NCP and AIUDF for a meeting ahead of the proceedings of the last day of the monsoon session on Friday. Though Nitish Kumar is excluded from the list after his alliance with BJP, a personal invitation has been sent to JD(U) senior leader Sharad Yadav, who is feeling betrayed with Kumar’s decisions. However, Sharad will be busy in his three-day public interaction program initiated by him to talk to people and know their views on the new government in Bihar, therefore it is unlikely that he will attend the meeting.
The farmer-related issue, “increasing communal tension”, “misuse of investigating agencies”, “subversion of democratic institutions”, “attack on opposition leaders”, etc are expected to figure in the discussions. Discussion to form a strategy for the general elections due in 2019 is also possible.