Sonia Gandhi Hosts Dinner For The Opposition Party Leaders A Move To Tackle BJP

| March 14 , 2018 , 12:02 IST

Congress leader and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi hosted a dinner on Tuesday for the leaders of opposition parties. Leaders of  20 parties joined the dinner at her residence in Delhi.

This can be seen as an attempt to made an anti-BJP alliance for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

The dinner was attended by Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar and his party colleague Tariq Anwar, Trinamool Congress leader Sudip Bandyopadhyay, Tejashwi Yadav and his sister Misa Bharti from the Rashtriya Janata Dal, Omar Abdullah of the National Conference, Kanimozhi of the DMK, Rashtriya Lok Dal President Ajit Singh and Ram Gopal Yadav of the Samajwadi Party.Hemant Soren of JMM, Badruddin Ajmal of AIUDF, Mohd Salim of CPM, D Raja of CPI have also joined the dinner party.

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The Bahujan Samaj Party's senior leader Satish Chandra Misra was also present at the dinner.

Among this, there was also some new addition to the Opposition team which includes Hindustan Awami Morcha chief Jiten Ram Manjhi and Jharkhand Vikas Morcha head Babulal Marandi. Manjhi last week said goodbye to NDA and joined the Mahagathbandhan.

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Congress President Rahul Gandhi, former PM Manmohan Singh, Ghulam Nabi Azad and Ahmed Patel were among the Congress biggies who were present at the dinner.

Rahul Gandhi tweeted, “Fabulous dinner tonight. An opportunity for leaders from different political parties to meet and bond, informally. Much political talk but much more important  tremendous positive energy, warmth and genuine affection."

Revolutionary Socialist Party  MP N K Premachandran said, "The interaction was informal but marked the foundation of future politics."

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"This dinner was not hosted for politics, but for amity and friendship. The intention is not political, but to hold discussions in family-like setting at a time when the nation is confronted with a number of issues and thousands of crores being taken out of the country," Congress' Chief SPokesman Randeep Surjewala said after the dinner. 

He said opposition leaders got together to discuss issues in the national interest, create bonhomie in the opposition and exchange views. He also accused the government of running away from a debate on key issues such as banking frauds. 

Leaders who attended the dinner said there was no structured discussion but only informal chats about politics on different tables involving leaders across party lines.