Fracture in Opposition ranks as six biggies skip meet on CAA, NRC

The no-show of six parties —Trinamool Congress, BSP, SP, AAP, DMK and Shiv Sena — is significant as they are powerful in their respective regions.

Published: 14th January 2020 01:56 AM  |   Last Updated: 14th January 2020 11:20 AM   |  A+A-

Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi, party leaders Gulam Nabi Azad, Rahul Gandhi, CPM leaders  Sitaram Yechuri D. Raja and Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren after an Opposition leaders' meeting to discuss the current political situation following widespread protests against the amended Citizenship Act and the violence on campuses in New Delhi on Monday Jan. 13 2020. (Photo | Shekhar Yadav/EPS)

Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi, party leaders Gulam Nabi Azad, Rahul Gandhi, CPM leaders Sitaram Yechuri D. Raja and Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren after an Opposition leaders' meeting to discuss the current political situation following widespread protests against the amended Citizenship Act and the violence on campuses in New Delhi on Monday Jan. 13 2020. (Photo | Shekhar Yadav/EPS)

Express News Service

NEW DELHI: On a day when interim Congress chief Sonia Gandhi convened a joint strategy meeting of the Opposition against the Centre’s push on the Citizenship Amendment Act and the National Register of Citizens, those who did not make it managed to hog the headlines.

The no-show of six parties —Trinamool Congress, BSP, SP, AAP, DMK and Shiv Sena — is significant as they are powerful in their respective regions.

Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad sought to look at the positive side, saying all six of them had already expressed reservation against the CAA-NRC.

“Whether they attend the meeting or not, all are together against the CAA-NRC. Some parties who could not come have declared their opposition. They could not come because of their reasons,” said Azad.

Those who attended included NCP’s Sharad Pawar, CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury, CPI general secretary D Raja, Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren and leaders from RJD, PDP and NC.

The DMK is reportedly unhappy over statements by the TN Congress leaders on it not adhering to coalition dharma during the local body polls. According to sources, DMK leader T R Baalu was in the national capital but was directed to stay away from the meeting. 

Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee had announced her boycott last week.

As for SP and BSP, they appear to be unhappy over the Congress support to Dalit leader Chandrasekhar Azad and constant attack on them by general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra.

New entrant Shiv Sena, too, opted out. While Congress sources cited a “communication gap” as the reason, a senior Sena leader said while the party is opposed to NRC, it kind of avoided sharing stage with the Opposition.

Also missing was AAP, which has maintained a distance from giving any direct statement on CAA-NRC keeping in mind Delhi elections next month. However, AAP Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh said that the party did not get an invite.

The meeting urged all chief ministers of Opposition ruled states to consider following the Kerala example on putting enumeration for the National Population Register on hold, as it is a prelude to NRC.

They adopted a resolution demanding the withdrawal of CAA and stopping the NRC-NPR process.

Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi, NCP head Sharad Pawar, Manmohan Singh, Rahul Gandhi, Sitaram Yechury, D Raja and others at an Opposition meet on Monday

THE DELHI DIALOGUE AND THE NO-SHOW HEADLINE MAKERS

Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi, NCP head Sharad Pawar, Manmohan Singh, Rahul Gandhi, Sitaram Yechury, D Raja and others at an Opposition meet on Monday

Mamata Banerjee

Cross with the Congress and the Left parties over violence in Bengal during Bharat Bandh

Mayawati

Angry with the Congress for having poached Bahujan Samaj Party’s six MLAs in Rajasthan

Akhilesh Yadav

With Priyanka active, he fears a rejuvenated Cong in UP will eat into the SP’s Muslim vote bank

Arvind Kejriwal

Can’t be seen sharing space with the Cong as Delhi Assembly election is barely a month away

Uddhav Thackeray

Though Sena is opposed to CAA, he is said to be keen on avoiding sharing stage with Opposition

M K Stalin

Upset with the TN Cong unit for its sniping at ally DMK over raw deal in the local body elections

Stay up to date on all the latest Nation news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp