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Oppn says will work on strategy for winter session of Parl after Gujarat results

Opposition leaders said they would take up several issues -- such as GST, demonetisation, growing unemployment and intolerance.

india Updated: Nov 23, 2017 19:55 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India, New Delhi
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Opposition leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad of Congress, Derek O’Brien of TMC and JD (U) rebel leader Sharad Yadav at a press conference in New Delhi on October 24, 2017.(PTI File Photo)

The opposition will work out a strategy to take on the BJP in and outside Parliament after the Gujarat results are out, a leader said.

The Opposition Coordination Committee will plan out its campaign against the ruling BJP depending on how the party responds to the results, Communist Party of India leader D Raja said.

“We feel that if the BJP wins Gujarat, they will be even more aggressive in their Hindutva agenda,” Raja told PTI.

If the BJP suffered a setback, the committee would, apart from battling the party in Parliament, sharpen its attack outside.

“If they lose, even then they will be desperate. So we have to make our strategy after seeing the results in Gujarat,” Raja said.

Opposition leaders said they would take up several issues -- such as GST, demonetisation, growing unemployment and intolerance. They would also target BJP president Amit Shah over reports that his son’s company saw a huge rise in its turnover after the Modi government came to power in 2014.

The opposition feels the fact that the winter session has been delayed shows that the government is “defensive” on several issues.

“There are clear instances where we can see the defensive tactics of the government, such as the petrol price rollback, GST, when the government had to take off 150 items from its list, and the fact that the Parliament session has been delayed. The government is clearly on the defensive”, Trinamool Congress leader Derek O’Brien said.

The Left parties, which recently organised protest rallies in Delhi against the policies of the Modi government, said the opposition should be ready with their political strategy irrespective of the results.

“They have anyway created a civil war-like situation in the country. If the BJP loses Gujarat, they will be desperate. We have to be ready with our strategy,” Raja said.

The opposition strategy will not only be for Parliament but also outside Parliament where they will hold protests against the government unitedly, he said.

The committee, which plans to meet in mid-December, includes the Congress, the Left Parties, the TMC and DMK.

First Published: Nov 23, 2017 19:55 IST