Sonia Gandhi hosts dinner for Opposition parties, Randeep Surjewala says event held to foster amity [Photos]

Leaders of 20 Opposition parties got together at a dinner hosted by UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, where possibilities of putting up a united front to defeat the BJP in the next general elections were discussed

FP Staff March 13, 2018 22:36:23 IST
Leaders of 20 Opposition parties on Tuesday night got together at a dinner hosted by UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, where possibilities of putting up a united front to defeat the BJP in the next general elections were discussed. PTI
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Leaders of 20 Opposition parties on Tuesday night got together at a dinner hosted by UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, where possibilities of putting up a united front to defeat the BJP in the next general elections were discussed. PTI
The move is being seen as an attempt to forge Opposition unity to defeat the BJP-led NDA. According to sources, leaders of NCP, RJD, Samajwadi Party, Bahujan Samaj Party, Trinamool Congress, DMK and Left parties attended the dinner among others. Opposition leaders arriving at Sonia Gandhi's residence. PTI
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The move is being seen as an attempt to forge Opposition unity to defeat the BJP-led NDA. According to sources, leaders of NCP, RJD, Samajwadi Party, Bahujan Samaj Party, Trinamool Congress, DMK and Left parties attended the dinner among others. Opposition leaders arriving at Sonia Gandhi's residence. PTI
The prominent leaders in attendance were NCP's Sharad Pawar, SP's Ram Gopal Yadav, BSP's Satish Chandra Misra and former chief ministers Omar Abdullah, Babulal Marandi, Hemant Soren and Jiten Ram Manjhi, besides JD (U)'s Sharad Yadav and RLD's Ajit Singh. Twitter@INCIndia
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The prominent leaders in attendance were NCP's Sharad Pawar, SP's Ram Gopal Yadav, BSP's Satish Chandra Misra and former chief ministers Omar Abdullah, Babulal Marandi, Hemant Soren and Jiten Ram Manjhi, besides JD (U)'s Sharad Yadav and RLD's Ajit Singh. Twitter@INCIndia
The RJD was represented by the son and daughter of party chief Lalu Prasad Yadav— former deputy chief minister Tejashwi Yadav and Misa Bharti. The others present included TMC's Sudip Bandyopadhyay, CPM's D Raja and Mohammad Salim, DMK's Kanimozhi, AIUDF's Badruddin Ajmal and leaders of Kerala Congress, besides Kupender Reddy of the JD-S. PTI
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The RJD was represented by the son and daughter of party chief Lalu Prasad Yadav— former deputy chief minister Tejashwi Yadav and Misa Bharti. The others present included TMC's Sudip Bandyopadhyay, CPM's D Raja and Mohammad Salim, DMK's Kanimozhi, AIUDF's Badruddin Ajmal and leaders of Kerala Congress, besides Kupender Reddy of the JD-S. PTI
Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, former prime minister Manmohan Singh, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Mallikarjun Kharge, Ahmed Patel, AK Antony and Randeep Surjewala were among the Congress leaders present. Rahul Gandhi speaks to Opposition leaders at the dinner. Twitter@INCIndia
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Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, former prime minister Manmohan Singh, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Mallikarjun Kharge, Ahmed Patel, AK Antony and Randeep Surjewala were among the Congress leaders present. Rahul Gandhi speaks to Opposition leaders at the dinner. Twitter@INCIndia
The dinner was hosted at the 10 Janpath residence where the leaders discussed the possibilities of all Opposition parties getting together to defeat BJP in 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Sonia Gandhi had earlier called for Opposition unity, saying parties should set aside their minor differences to get together in the larger interest of keeping the BJP out of power. Twitter@INCIndia
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The dinner was hosted at the 10 Janpath residence where the leaders discussed the possibilities of all Opposition parties getting together to defeat BJP in 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Sonia Gandhi had earlier called for Opposition unity, saying parties should set aside their minor differences to get together in the larger interest of keeping the BJP out of power. Twitter@INCIndia
Congress communications in charge Randeep Surjewala said the dinner was not organised for politics, but for amity and friendship among opposition parties. He claimed at a time when the government was not allowing Parliament to function, it was obvious that leaders of various parties, who wanted to raise issues in the national interest, would get together to discuss the current political situation. Twitter@INCIndia
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Congress communications in charge Randeep Surjewala said the dinner was not organised for politics, but for amity and friendship among opposition parties. He claimed at a time when the government was not allowing Parliament to function, it was obvious that leaders of various parties, who wanted to raise issues in the national interest, would get together to discuss the current political situation. Twitter@INCIndia