Sonia Gandhi has called for a meeting with the leaders of 19 opposition parties to unite for the next Lok Sabha elections. Sonia has appealed to plan systematically for 2024.
- Sonia Gandhi’s meeting with leaders of opposition parties
- 19 opposition parties attended Sonia’s meeting
- Discussion on strategy for 2024 against BJP
New Delhi: Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Friday called upon the opposition parties to unite for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections and said that the formation of a government that believes in the country’s constitutional provisions and the values of the freedom movement. For this the parties of the opposition will have to rise above their compulsions. He also said that at this time the unity of the opposition parties is a demand of national interest and the Congress will not leave any stone unturned on its part. NCP chief Sharad Pawar also called upon the opposition parties that everyone should work together to save the democratic principles of the country.
‘Battle to be fought outside Parliament’
Sonia Gandhi, in a digital meeting of leaders of 19 opposition parties including Congress, referred to the opposition unity seen during the recent monsoon session of Parliament and said, ‘I am sure this opposition unity will be seen in front of Parliament. Will continue in sessions as well. But the broader political battle has to be fought outside Parliament.’ The Congress President said, ‘Obviously our target is 2024 Lok Sabha elections. We have to start planning systematically with the objective of giving the country a government that believes in the values of the freedom movement and the principles and provisions of the Constitution.
‘Rise above compulsion’
Sonia Gandhi called upon the opposition parties, ‘It is a challenge, but together we can overcome it because there is no other option but to work together. We all have our compulsions, but now the time has come when the national interest demands that we rise above these compulsions. There is a fair opportunity. I will say that there will be no shortage from the Congress side. NCP chief Sharad Pawar, who participated in the meeting, tweeted, “A meeting of like-minded opposition parties was concluded today on the initiative of Sonia Gandhi ji. Expressed his views by participating in this meeting held virtually.
Sharad Pawar gave this advice
Pawar said, “The present government has failed to address all these issues. Those who believe in democracy and secularism, those who want to work together to save the democratic principles of our country, they should come together, that is my call. A time bound program needs to be taken up collectively. I suggest that instead of tackling all these issues together, we should work to solve these issues collectively by setting priority and give a good present and future to our country.
SP gave a blow
Leaders of 19 opposition parties, including 4 Chief Ministers, attended Sonia’s meeting, but the main opposition party in Uttar Pradesh, the Samajwadi Party, gave a setback to the Congress plan. No leader from SP attended this meeting. Whereas in the north, assembly elections are to be held in 2022 where the SP is trying to present itself as the strongest option in front of the BJP.