Rahul Gandhi’s Meeting With PM Narendra Modi Dismantles Opposition Unity


NEW DELHI: Rahul Gandhi’s meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi this morning has dealt a big blow to the carefully crafted opposition unity that held fast through the winter session of Parliament, just ahead of a Congress-led march today to presidential palace Rashtrapati Bhavan in protest against the notes ban.

The Left parties, the Samajwadi Party, Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party, the Nationalist Congress Party headed by Sharad Pawar and the DMK in quick succession dropped out of the protest march to meet the President, minutes before it was to begin from the Gandhi statue in the parliament premises.They are upset that the Congress Vice-President sought a meeting with the Prime Minister without involving the other opposition parties. At the meeting, Mr Gandhi, who was accompanied by senior leaders of his party, raised with the Prime Minister the plight of farmers who he met during a tour of Uttar Pradesh while campaigning in the state, where elections will be held soon.”Are we not concerned about the plight of farmers?” asked a leader of the BSP, which is a major player in the Uttar Pradesh elections, as is the Samajwadi Party, which rules the state and is seeking another term.

Congress President Sonia Gandhi led a considerably whittled down opposition delegation to meet the President and not the 15 that have together attacked the government over its decision to ban 500 and 1,000 rupee notes and its impact on the people, disrupting the entire winter session, which ends today.