Opposition Unites To Take On BJP In Parliament's Monsoon Session

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| July 13 , 2017 , 18:24 IST

In order to take on the NDA government, eighteen opposition parties have come together to form a united front against BJP in the upcoming monsoon session of the Parliament. In this session, the opposition will challenge the BJP on various issues including demonetization and GST.

According to a report in the news agency PTI, leaders of these parties discussed the broad strategy and issues to be taken up in Parliament during the meeting here on Tuesday, which was primarily convened to discuss the opposition's nominee for the Vice Presidential polls.

The 18 party-front broadly agreed on five issues to target the government inside as well as outside the Parliament. Sources said the opposition will also use the social media platform to confront the BJP.

These issues are -- "ill-effects of demonetisation", "rushing through the GST implementation", "farmers distress and suicides", alleged "political vendetta", protection of federal structure of the country and "spreading of fake news and inciting people communally".

The opposition joined forces in an opposition party meeting on Tuesday which was attended by Congress president Sonia Gandhi, vice-president Rahul Gandhi, Trinamool Congress leader Derek OBrien, JD(U)s Sharad Yadav, NCPs Praful Patel, CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury, National Conference leader Omar Abdullah, Samajwadi Party leader Naresh Agrawal, BSPs Satish Mishra along with leaders from 10 other parties.

When contacted by the media, Trinamool's national secretary and party leader in Rajya Sabha, OBrien said that the individual parties will have their issues to be taken up but on some issues, there is a broad understanding among the 18 parties. We are all working as a team, he added and there is no question of one-upmanship by a party in the opposition.

The sources said that Obrien proposed Gopal Krishna Gandhi’s name for the Vice-President which was unanimously endorsed by everyone else. The Trinamool was given the first right to propose a candidate being the second largest opposition party.