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Rahul Gandhi hosts breakfast meet with opposition party leaders, calls for unity

The leaders of 15 parties, including the Trinamool Congress, were present at today's meeting. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), however, skipped it. After the meeting, Gandhi and other opposition leaders cycled to Parliament to highlight the issue of high fuel prices.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi addressing the leaders of opposition parties at Tuesday's meeting.(Twitter/@RahulGandhi)
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi addressing the leaders of opposition parties at Tuesday's meeting.(Twitter/@RahulGandhi)
Published on Aug 03, 2021 11:39 AM IST
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‘Tukde-tukde gang worried it will break if we’re back in power’: PM Modi’s jab at Oppn unity

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said opposition unity will become a thing of the past once the results of the Lok Sabha elections are declared.
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Updated on Apr 11, 2019 02:01 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByHT Correspondent

Lok Sabha elections 2019: Alliance math formidable challenge for BJP in Uttar Pradesh

The BJP’s gains from a divided Opposition will be limited in 2019. The SP, BSP and the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) have significantly increased the index of Opposition unity in Uttar Pradesh with a pre-poll pact in place.
Lok Sabha elections 2019: Alliance math formidable challenge for BJP in Uttar Pradesh(AP)
Lok Sabha elections 2019: Alliance math formidable challenge for BJP in Uttar Pradesh(AP)
Updated on Mar 21, 2019 01:12 PM IST
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‘Opposition fears us, that’s why it is joining hands’: Nitin Gadkari

In an interview, Nitin Gadkari spoke about the work done by his ministry, his personal ambitions, Opposition unity ahead of the 2019 elections, and the track record of the Narendra Modi government.
Union minister Nitin Gadkari said what has not happened over the past 50 years has happened in the past five years.(Sushil Kumar/HT File Photo)
Union minister Nitin Gadkari said what has not happened over the past 50 years has happened in the past five years.(Sushil Kumar/HT File Photo)
Updated on Mar 20, 2019 09:01 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByAnisha Dutta

Opposition unity nothing but ‘bina dulhe ki baraat’: Shivraj Chouhan

Asserting the Opposition does not have a match for Modi, Shivraj said all BJP leaders were standing behind the prime minister to ensure the party’s victory.
Former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said rival parties don’t have a leader to match Prime Minister Narendra Modi.( Photo by Sonu Mehta/ Hindustan Times)(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
Former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said rival parties don’t have a leader to match Prime Minister Narendra Modi.( Photo by Sonu Mehta/ Hindustan Times)(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jan 27, 2019 08:54 PM IST
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Opposition unity unlikely to translate into national alliance

In Uttar Pradesh, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and Samajwadi Party (SP) have announced a pact for Lok Sabha polls keeping the Congress out— thereby making the contest triangular.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee with Opposition leaders at TMC led 'United India' rally in Kolkata on Saturday.(ANI)
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee with Opposition leaders at TMC led 'United India' rally in Kolkata on Saturday.(ANI)
Published on Jan 20, 2019 07:36 AM IST
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Mamata uses rhetoric, hyperbole to underscore Opposition unity, attack Modi regime

Clad in her customary white sari and chappals, the Trinamool Congress chief was the 23rd and the last speaker at the rally, and lashed out at the Bharatiya Janata Party and Prime Minister Modi in her own style .
West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee delivering her speech at United India Rally in Brigade Parade Ground in Kolkata on January 19, 2019. (HT Photo/Samir Jana)(HT Photo)
West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee delivering her speech at United India Rally in Brigade Parade Ground in Kolkata on January 19, 2019. (HT Photo/Samir Jana)(HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 19, 2019 07:10 PM IST
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Opposition unity rally today is Mamata Banerjee’s crowning glory

On Saturday, the Trinamool Congress chief is going to have a third feather in her cap. On the dais of the United India Rally that she has convened in Kolkata, as many as two dozen leaders of anti-Bharatiya Janata Party outfits will be present.
Mamata Banerjee is a phenomenon in West Bengal politics. Her party, Trinamool Congress, born only 21 years and 18 days ago, has achieved two landmarks already.(AP)
Mamata Banerjee is a phenomenon in West Bengal politics. Her party, Trinamool Congress, born only 21 years and 18 days ago, has achieved two landmarks already.(AP)
Updated on Jan 19, 2019 10:59 AM IST
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Trinamool says Opposition rally to be biggest in ‘post-Independence Bengal’

Trinamool Congress leaders involved in the preparation said 20 LCD screens will be installed on the rally ground for the January 19 event, in which over a million people are likely to attend.
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee said BJP will not get more than 125 seats in the Lok Sabha elections.(Arijit Sen/HT File Photo)
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee said BJP will not get more than 125 seats in the Lok Sabha elections.(Arijit Sen/HT File Photo)
Updated on Jan 18, 2019 12:00 AM IST
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Analysis| Narrative, not Opposition unity, is BJP’s bigger worry ahead of 2019 polls

The BJP won almost half of its 282 seats in 2014 with a vote share of 50% or more. This is 15 percentage points more than the share of BJP victories with a similar vote share between 1989 and 2009.
The BJP won almost half of its 282 seats in 2014 with a vote share of 50% or more. This is 15 percentage points more than the share of BJP victories with a similar vote share between 1989 and 2009.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
The BJP won almost half of its 282 seats in 2014 with a vote share of 50% or more. This is 15 percentage points more than the share of BJP victories with a similar vote share between 1989 and 2009.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jan 02, 2019 08:47 AM IST
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Hindistan Times, New Delhi | ByRoshan Kishore and Vijdan Mohammad Kawoosa

Opposition meet Highlights: ‘RBI governor resigned to protect the institution’, says Rahul Gandhi

Agrarian distress and allegations of corruption against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led government at the Centre are likely to be the key planks for leaders from different opposition parties to come together at a crucial meeting today, according to people familiar with the matter.At the meeting, meant to chalk out a framework for Opposition unity ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, the parties will also chalk out a strategy to counter

Updated on Dec 10, 2018 11:22 PM IST
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Opposition bigwigs to meet to chart out strategy for anti-BJP front ahead of 2019 Lok Sabha polls

At the meeting, meant to chalk out a framework for Opposition unity ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, the parties will also chalk out a strategy to counter the BJP during the Winter session of Parliament starting on Tuesday.
Agrarian distress and allegations of corruption against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led government at the Centre are likely to be the key planks for leaders from different opposition parties at crucial meeting on Monday(PTI/Representative Image)
Agrarian distress and allegations of corruption against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led government at the Centre are likely to be the key planks for leaders from different opposition parties at crucial meeting on Monday(PTI/Representative Image)
Updated on Dec 10, 2018 08:32 AM IST
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Bypoll boost for Opposition unity as Congress-JD(S) win 4 of 5 seats

An unexpected victory in the Ballari Lok Sabha constituency was particularly sweet tor the Congress-JD(S) alliance, which wrested the seat from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) after a hiatus of nearly one-and-a-half decades.
Congress workers celebrate after the party’s win in Jamakhandi assembly bypoll, on Tuesday.(PTI Photo)
Congress workers celebrate after the party’s win in Jamakhandi assembly bypoll, on Tuesday.(PTI Photo)
Updated on Nov 06, 2018 11:40 PM IST
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Weaker sections under attack, now it would be BJP-RSS versus rest: Rahul Gandhi

In a show of opposition unity, Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday led a protest against the rape of 34 minors in a government-funded shelter home in Bihar, alleging that weaker sections were under attack and now it would be the BJP-RSS ideology versus the rest of India.
CPI-M general secretary Sitaram Yechury, RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav, rebel JD-U leader Sharad Yadav and Congress president Rahul Gandhi during a protest at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on Saturday.(Sanchit Khanna/HT Photo)
CPI-M general secretary Sitaram Yechury, RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav, rebel JD-U leader Sharad Yadav and Congress president Rahul Gandhi during a protest at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on Saturday.(Sanchit Khanna/HT Photo)
Published on Aug 04, 2018 10:07 PM IST
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‘We all are kings’, says Mamata Banerjee on opposition’s unity ahead of 2019 polls

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday said Opposition parties will unite in the 2019 elections to defeat the BJP, speaking after meeting Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi in Delhi.
Mamata Banerjee said priority is to defeat BJP, after her meeting with Sonia and Rahul Gandhi(Twitter/@INCIndia)
Mamata Banerjee said priority is to defeat BJP, after her meeting with Sonia and Rahul Gandhi(Twitter/@INCIndia)
Updated on Aug 02, 2018 08:40 AM IST
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Maya reiterates BSP’s no social media policy

A day after the organisational rejig, BSP chief Mayawati on Monday reiterated that her party doesn’t have any official presence on social media.
“I wish to reiterate that BSP doesn’t have an official Twitter handle or a Facebook account. Nor has it approved any website to be managed in the party’s name.”(HT Photo)
“I wish to reiterate that BSP doesn’t have an official Twitter handle or a Facebook account. Nor has it approved any website to be managed in the party’s name.”(HT Photo)
Published on Jul 24, 2018 01:08 PM IST
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Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee to unveil strategy for next Lok Sabha polls in TMC rally today

Banerjee had earlier said her party was supporting the motion against the BJP government at the Centre in the greater interest of the Opposition unity,
Trinamool Congress (TMC) party workers hold a portrait of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee ahead of the annual Martyrs’ Day (Shahid diwas) rally, in Kolkata on Friday, July 20, 2018.(PTI Photo)
Trinamool Congress (TMC) party workers hold a portrait of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee ahead of the annual Martyrs’ Day (Shahid diwas) rally, in Kolkata on Friday, July 20, 2018.(PTI Photo)
Updated on Jul 21, 2018 12:28 PM IST
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Why the Congress must change its strategy

This strategy of short-term strategic alliances is so very different to the original goal which Rahul Gandhi had set for the Congress’s resurgence just a few years ago
The Congress, under a reminted and more accommodating Rahul Gandhi, appears to be slowly accepting that it cannot dictate terms to any party in the country, and that for its very survival, it must now be ready to compromise and cede political space to potential adversaries.(AFP)
The Congress, under a reminted and more accommodating Rahul Gandhi, appears to be slowly accepting that it cannot dictate terms to any party in the country, and that for its very survival, it must now be ready to compromise and cede political space to potential adversaries.(AFP)
Updated on Jul 05, 2018 06:25 PM IST
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Election for RS deputy chair will test Opposition unity

The BJP is politically dominant nationally, but has to deal with a house where it cannot entirely have its way.
Former Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairperson PJ Kurien. With Kurien retiring, the big political battle in the monsoon session of Parliament will be the election for his successor.(PTI)
Former Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairperson PJ Kurien. With Kurien retiring, the big political battle in the monsoon session of Parliament will be the election for his successor.(PTI)
Updated on Jul 03, 2018 11:16 AM IST
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Opposition unity to be tested in election for Rajya Sabha deputy chairman

The Congress has hinted that it is open to supporting opposition parties but a final decision in this regard will be taken only after seeing who the proposed candidate is.
Former president Pratibha Patil, CPIM general secretary Sitaram Yechury, former prime minister Manmohan Singh, former chief minister Sheila Dikshit and others during the Iftar party hosted by Congress President Rahul Gandhi, in New Delhi on June 13, 2018.(PTI)
Former president Pratibha Patil, CPIM general secretary Sitaram Yechury, former prime minister Manmohan Singh, former chief minister Sheila Dikshit and others during the Iftar party hosted by Congress President Rahul Gandhi, in New Delhi on June 13, 2018.(PTI)
Updated on Jun 28, 2018 07:44 AM IST
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Will be happy to unite Opposition against BJP: NCP chief Sharad Pawar

Pawar said Opposition parties need to understand public sentiment and come together against the BJP-led government.
Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) Sharad Pawar at his residence in Mumbai.(Kunal Patil/HT Photo)
Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) Sharad Pawar at his residence in Mumbai.(Kunal Patil/HT Photo)
Published on Jun 05, 2018 01:30 AM IST
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Bypoll results do not guarantee Opposition unity in the polls to come

While the bypolls have demonstrated the efficacy of the non-BJP parties combining their synergies in electoral politics, the pathway to forge a grand anti-BJP alliance is not free of potholes
Samajwadi Party workers celebrate their party success in the Uttar Pradesh bypolls, Lucknow, May 31, 2018(PTI)
Samajwadi Party workers celebrate their party success in the Uttar Pradesh bypolls, Lucknow, May 31, 2018(PTI)
Updated on Jun 01, 2018 01:02 PM IST
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Kairana bypoll result: How strategy of ‘Opposition unity’ ensured BJP’s defeat

The Kairana Lok Sabha bypoll results showed the coalition of opposition parties garnered 51.2% of the vote and defeated the BJP by more than 40,000 votes
Supporters of Rashtriya Lok Dal candidate Tabassum Hasan outside a counting centre after winning the Kairana Lok Sabha by-elections on Thursday.(PTI Photo)
Supporters of Rashtriya Lok Dal candidate Tabassum Hasan outside a counting centre after winning the Kairana Lok Sabha by-elections on Thursday.(PTI Photo)
Updated on Jun 01, 2018 09:07 PM IST
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New Delhi, Hindustan Times | ByNeelanjan Sircar

Anti-BJP front gets boost, Congress may bolster fortunes from outcome

The Congress is now willing to play second, even third fiddle in Uttar Pradesh to ensure that the BJP does not repeat its 2014 or 2017 performance in the state.
Congress candidate Hardev Singh Laddi Sherowalia (red turban) is being greeted by party leaders after he won Shahkot bypoll in Punjab.(HT/Pardeep Pandit)
Congress candidate Hardev Singh Laddi Sherowalia (red turban) is being greeted by party leaders after he won Shahkot bypoll in Punjab.(HT/Pardeep Pandit)
Updated on Jun 01, 2018 12:03 AM IST
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Opposition unity posing challenges for BJP in UP, admit party leaders

That it is possible for Jats and Muslims to vote for a common candidate in riot-torn western UP could spell trouble for the BJP in 2019 where it will largely depend on consolidation of Hindu vote.
Rashtriya Lok Dal candidate Tabassum Hasan with her supporters after winning Kairana Lok Sabha by-elections.(PTI)
Rashtriya Lok Dal candidate Tabassum Hasan with her supporters after winning Kairana Lok Sabha by-elections.(PTI)
Updated on May 31, 2018 10:09 PM IST
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Rajya Sabha deputy chairperson’s election will be next BJP-Opposition battleground

Sources said Congress may give up its claim for the Rajya Sabha deputy chairman’s seat and back a candidate from BJD, Trinamool Congress or any other party to maximise Opposition unity.
A view of the Parliament House of India at Sansad Marg in New Delhi.(Pradeep Gaur/ Mint)
A view of the Parliament House of India at Sansad Marg in New Delhi.(Pradeep Gaur/ Mint)
Updated on Jun 01, 2018 01:11 PM IST
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Opposition unity helps JMM retain Silli, Gomia in Jharkhand bypolls

While the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha won by 13,500 votes in Silli, the margin was lower at 1,344 in Gomia. The foundation of opposition unity in the state was laid ahead of the biennial Rajya Sabha elections in March.
JMM leader Hemant Soren with party candidate Seema Mahto and Congress politician Subodhkant Sahai ahead of the Silli assembly bypoll. Seema Mahto trounced AJSU’s Sudesh Mahto by 13,500 votes.(Diwakar Prasad/ HT Photo)
JMM leader Hemant Soren with party candidate Seema Mahto and Congress politician Subodhkant Sahai ahead of the Silli assembly bypoll. Seema Mahto trounced AJSU’s Sudesh Mahto by 13,500 votes.(Diwakar Prasad/ HT Photo)
Updated on May 31, 2018 09:20 PM IST
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Message from Kairana bypoll: Opposition unity works but social harmony may still be a far cry | Analysis

The Kairana election has brought back the RLD and given it some political space. The party will remain limited to its west UP pockets.
Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) candidate Tabassum Hasan with her supporters after winning the Kairana Lok Sabha by-elections, in Kairana on May 31, 2018. Hasan was also supported by the Congress, Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party.(PTI)
Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) candidate Tabassum Hasan with her supporters after winning the Kairana Lok Sabha by-elections, in Kairana on May 31, 2018. Hasan was also supported by the Congress, Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party.(PTI)
Updated on May 31, 2018 11:16 PM IST
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Sharad Yadav calls for Opposition unity against BJP

The party has been formed by his supporters and Yadav will take the role of a patriarch as he is entangled in a legal war over the poll symbol with Nitish Kumar-led Janata Dal (United
JDU Senior Leader Sharad Yadav coming his car for Monsoon Session at parliament House in New Delhi, India, on Friday, July 21, 2017.(HT File Photo)
JDU Senior Leader Sharad Yadav coming his car for Monsoon Session at parliament House in New Delhi, India, on Friday, July 21, 2017.(HT File Photo)
Updated on May 18, 2018 10:59 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByHT Correspondent

Opposition versus Modi: Why fighting the BJP locally is a good strategy, writes Barkha Dutt

By focusing too much on personality-centric narratives, the Opposition is walking straight into a trap set by Amit Shah and Narendra Modi
Congress President Rahul Gandhi during a press meet, in Bengaluru, May 10. Gandhi erred in the Karnataka campaign by saying he was ready to be the Prime Minister if the Congress emerged as the largest party in 2019(PTI)
Congress President Rahul Gandhi during a press meet, in Bengaluru, May 10. Gandhi erred in the Karnataka campaign by saying he was ready to be the Prime Minister if the Congress emerged as the largest party in 2019(PTI)
Updated on May 19, 2018 10:23 AM IST
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