For the first time since the nationwide lockdown, the national and regional opposition parties in India have decided to come together by lowering dissents to formulate the strategy with the view of exposing Modi led Central government on the mishandling of the COVID-19 situation, the ailing economy, and the migrant crisis.
According to the reports, top leaders from over twenty opposition parties would be taking part in the virtual meet that has been scheduled on Friday -May 22 during which the leaders are expected to collectively frame a strategy of what would be appearing as a united face of the opposition against the Modi government.
The virtual meeting would be discussing the Center's COVID-19 response, the federal structure, the government's mega economic package, migrant crisis, and the plunging employment. This meeting would also give a prospect for the opposition parties to discuss the current state of politics in the country and the outcome of the meeting would be the strategy to unveil Modi's deficient response for the global pandemic.
Opposition leaders like Congress President Sonia Gandhi, NCP chief Sharad Pawar, Shiv Sena's Uddhav Thackeray, Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee, CPI(M)'s Sitaram Yechury and CPI leader D Raja, RJD Chief Tejashwi Yadav, RLD's Ajit Singh, LJD's Sharad Yadav will be attending the virtual meeting and the leaders of Muslim League, RSP, Kerala Congress have also reserved their places for the meeting.
The reports stated that Sonia Gandhi will be chairing the virtual meeting and Senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel has been coordinating with the opposition leaders for the meeting which also would discuss the Center's recent decision of raising the fiscal deficit limit to 5% for the states. At least 18 parties have issued conformity on their participation so far.
Aam Aadmi Party, Bahujan Samaj Party, and Janata Dal (Secular) will likely be providing its attendance for the meeting while the Samajwadi party would be skipping the meet despite it has been invited. The virtual meeting has been organized as a sequel of repeated statements made by the opposition parties on working together.
Congress party has recently called the rest of the opposition parties to come together to voice against the government's financial package and its handling of the COVID-19 outbreak. Trinamool Congress and CPI(M) have been pressing the opposition parties for such meet for the last two months. They have asked the Congress president to find a common ground of fighting the Modi-led Central government.