Sonia, Rahul call for Oppn unity as BSP skips meet

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 02 Feb 2018 08:32:05


CONGRESS leader Sonia Gandhi on Thursday called for opposition unity on issues of national importance both inside and outside Parliament as she chaired a meeting of leaders of 17 non-NDA parties, where the BSP was missing.
Gandhi, the Congress Parliamentary Party leader and UPA chairperson, told opposition leaders that they should set aside their differences on state issues and come together on national concerns to take on the ruling BJP.

The BSP, which has been together with other opposition parties, skipped the crucial meeting held at Parliament House library. “We should altogether adopt a common approach and strategy both inside and outside Parliament on crucial issues concerning farmers, Dalits, youth, poor, women... There can be differences among parties in states, but there should not be differences on national issues and we should stand unitedly to create a common understanding. “We have to be alert on the violence being spread over religion and caste and many other issues that are of national concern and we all have to come together leaving aside differences,” senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad quoted Sonia Gandhi as saying at the meeting.

“We have to work together on various issues of national importance... We have to be very careful as far as ideology of hate is concerned and there are rampant incidents of violence across caste and communities. Constitutional institutions are being undermined,” Sonia Gandhi was quoted as saying.
She also said that while Aadhaar was a good idea initiated by the UPA government, “the present government is using this as a tool to breach privacy” and the economic health of the country “remains precarious”.

This is the first time Sonia Gandhi led an Opposition meet after handing over the baton of Congress president to her son Rahul Gandhi. She also sought to garner support of Opposition parties to put up a united front to plan a joint strategy for the ongoing Budget Session of Parliament and work towards larger Opposition unity to take on the BJP in upcoming polls. Leaders of various Opposition parties congratulated Sonia and Rahul Gandhi for the victory in Rajasthan bypolls and for making a good beginning.