Opposition parties to meet in Delhi on Nov 22

Non-BJP opposition parties will be meeting in New Delhi on November 22 to chalk out a strategy for their anti-BJP front at national level. This was decided at a meeting held with Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu by Congress General Secretary Ashok Geholot, in Amaravati of Andhra Pradesh. Gehlot met Naidu, as an emmisary of Congress chief Rahul Gandhi to chalk out a programme as a follow-up to their recent meeting in New Delhi.

The proposed meeting at New Delhi will be jointly convened by Rahul Gandhi and Chandrababu Naidu. Already, Naidu has been meeting leaders of various opposition parties. They include NCP chief Sharad Pawar, BSP chief Mayawati, JD(S) chief and former prime inister HD Deve Gowda, Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy, DMK chief MK Karunanidhi, SP chief Akhilesh Yadav and NCP chief Farooq Abdulla. He will meeting West Bengal chief minister Mamata Benarjee in Kolkatta, next week.

Naidu said that efforts are on to bring together all non-BJP parties and that he had met Congress president Rahul Gandhi to discuss measures on protecting democracy. “I appeal all parties opposing the BJP to join us. We want to create an anti-BJP platform. We want to have one meeting in Delhi. We’ll discuss issues and then chalk out a programme and take the issues forward. That’s the agenda. Meeting’s tentative date is November 22,” Naidu said.

Taking a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he accused that the former is responsible for the present state of affairs in Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and Reserve Bank of India (RBI). “The country’s economy is in doldrums with the interfering of the central government on regulating authorities like CBI and RBI. RBI is a regulating authority and independently regulate the economy,” he said while adding that the BJP government has been resorting to IT raids on opposition leaders for political gains.

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