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Oppn Leaders Join Sonia Gandhi’s Meeting to Chalk Out Strategy Against NDA Govt

Mamata Banerjee, Uddhav Thackeray, MK Stalin are among opposition leaders attending Sonia Gandhi's virtual meeting today, which also happens to be Rajiv Gandhi's birth anniversary.

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Congress leader Sonia Gandhi reconstitutes Congress parliamentary hierarchy in both houses of Parliament (PTI Photo)

New Delhi: Top Opposition leaders including some chief ministers are attending a virtual meeting called by Congress president Sonia Gandhi amid efforts to evolve a common strategy against the NDA government.

DMK’s MK Stalin, TMC’s Mamata Banerjee, JMM’s Hemant Soren, Shiv Sena’s Uddhav Thackeray, NCP’s Sharad Pawar, Loktantrik Janata Dal’s Sharad Yadav and CPI(M)’s Sitaram Yechury are present at the virtual meeting. In all, leaders of 19 parties are attending the meeting. There is, however, no representation from the Samajwadi Party.

Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is also participating in the meeting.

Opposition leaders attend Sonia Gandhi virtual meeting on Thursday.

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Several Opposition parties displayed a show of unity during the just-concluded Monsoon session of Parliament when they took on the government to seek a discussion on the Pegasus snooping row, besides the farm laws and other issues.

The meeting also comes in the backdrop of the government demanding strict action against those indulging in unruly behaviour in Rajya Sabha during the passage of the Insurance Amendment Bill.

The meeting comes close on the heels of a similar dinner meet hosted by Congress leader Kapil Sibal, where top opposition leaders favoured unity among like-minded parties to defeat the BJP.