Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi will chair a key meeting of the Opposition todayy via video conferencing. The meeting will be attended by scores of Opposition leaders and Chief Ministers of non-NDA ruled states. At least 18 opposition parties were scheduled to meet virtually to strategize on reaching out to the people on issues such as the economic slowdown, the alleged mismanagement of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Pegasus spyware controversy, and the farmers’ protest. According to reports, the meeting is seen as a part of the Congress' efforts to unite various Opposition parties to evolve a common strategy against the BJP-led NDA government.
Sonia Gandhi has invited NCP chief Sharad Pawar, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray, Tamil Nadu CM MK Stalin and others for the meeting. Pawar, Uddhav, Mamata and Stalin have accepted the invitations.
senior Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said that Uddhav Thackeray is set to attend the meeting. NCP MP Supriya Sule confirmed that Sharad Pawar will be taking part.
EX National Democratic Alliance (NDA) member Shiromani Akali Dal has also not been invited, party functionaries said. With elections in Punjab due in six months, the Congress and its rival Akalis would not be interested in sharing a common platform against the NDA.