Janta Dal (United) President Lalan Singh on June 7 confirmed that the assembly of prime Opposition leaders, convened by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, will be held in Patna on June 23.
The assembly, which is geared toward laying the groundwork for the approaching collectively of like-minded Opposition events towards Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP Government on the Centre, was initially scheduled to be held on June 12. However, the assembly was pushed again after a number of Opposition leaders, together with Congress nationwide president Mallikarjun Kharge and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin, expressed their incapacity to attend the assembly on June 12, citing prior engagements and preoccupations.
Addressing a press convention on June 7, Lalan Singh mentioned, “The meeting will be attended by Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav, Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren, Shiv Sena (UBT) President Uddhav Thackeray, NCP Chief Sharad Pawar, and Tamil Nadu CM MK Stalin.”
“Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, CPI General Secretary D Raja, CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury and Dipankar Bhattacharya will also attend the meeting,” he added.
After JDU had introduced the assembly of Opposition events on June 12, earlier, DMK chief Stalin mentioned he had sought a postponement of the June 12 assembly, as he would be busy attending an inaugural ceremony on the identical date.
“I will be attending the inaugural ceremony of Mettur Dam on the same date (as the Opposition meeting). It is an important event. Even the Congress president (Mallikarjun Kharge) will be held up at a different event and won’t be able to attend the meeting on that day. So, I have asked for the meeting of Opposition parties to be pushed back. However, the DMK will surely participate in the meeting,” Tamil Nadu CM Stalin mentioned.
The Bihar CM Nitish Kumar has been spearheading efforts to convey all Opposition events collectively towards the BJP authorities on the Centre, with a watch on subsequent 12 months’s Lok Sabha polls.
As half of the trouble to galvanise the Opposition towards Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP, he has already met the likes of Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar.
(with inputs from ANI)
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