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Bury differences for national cause, Sonia Gandhi tells Opposition parties

Sonia Gandhi stepped down as Congress party president but continues to be the chairperson of the Congress Parliamentary Party and the United Progressive Alliance.

india Updated: Feb 01, 2018 23:09 IST
HT Correspondent
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Press Trust of India, New Delhi
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UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi attends the Union Budget 2018 of the Lok Sabha at Parliament House in New Delhi on Thursday. (PTI)

Congress parliamentary party chairperson Sonia Gandhi on Thursday urged opposition parties to build consensus at the national level and bury their differences in states to put up a united front in and outside Parliament.

Chairing a meeting of 17 opposition parties, Gandhi stressed the need for adopting a common approach and strategy on issues of national importance.

“She told the opposition
leaders that we should set aside our differences on matters related to states but build a broader consensus on national issues. We might have differences in states but we all should jointly fight the issues confronting the nation,” Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad told reporters after the meeting.

Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress president Rahul Gandhi, senior party leaders Ahmed Patel, Azad and Mallikarjun Kharge, Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar, rebel Janata Dal (United) leader Sharad Yadav, National Conference president Farooq Abdullah, Jai Prakash Narayan Yadav of the Rashtriya Janata Dal, Trinamool Congress’s Derek O’Brien, CPI national secretary D Raja and Samajwadi Party’s Ramgopal Yadav were among those present. The Bahujan Samaj Party of Mayawati did not attend the meeting.

“She talked about the ideology of hate being perpetrated across the country, rampant incidents of violence against different castes and communities, undermining of constitutional institutions, misuse of Aadhaar by BJP government to breach privacy of individuals, precarious economic health, unemployment and price rise,” Azad quoted the Congress Parliamentary Party chairperson as having said.

The meeting also discussed the recent violence in Kasganj of Uttar Pradesh and judicial crisis.

CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury’s proposal to move an impeachment motion against Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra is expected to be discussed at the next meeting of the coordination committee of the opposition parties.

First Published: Feb 01, 2018 19:14 IST