New Delhi: Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and senior Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Sanjay Singh are likely to attend the Opposition meet scheduled to be held on December 10. Notably, the meeting has been called by Andhra Pradesh chief minister and Telugu Desam Party (TDP) supremo N Chandrababu Naidu as part of his efforts to build a pan-India alliance to take on the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the forthcoming 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
This will be the first time that AAP will attend such a formal meeting of the opposition parties. However, on November 30, AAP convener Kejriwal had shared the stage with Congress president Rahul Gandhi during farmers’ protest at national capital’s Jantar Mantar. On September 10, the AAP leaders had also joined hands with Opposition parties in protests such as the Bharat Bandh (nationwide strike) called by the grand old party against the Modi-led government over rising fuel prices.
On the other hand, reports claimed that Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief Mamata Banerjee might skip the crucial meet. TDP leaders have also expressed doubts over Mamata’s participation in the meeting. Speaking to a leading portal, a TDP leader said,”She is one of the promoters of the exercise of uniting all anti-BJP forces at the national level. We are sure that she will definitely attend the meet, but if she does not attend the meet, it should not be seen due to political reasons.”
Earlier the Opposition meet was scheduled for November 22 but it was postponed to December 10 ahead of winter session which will begin on December 11.
“We wanted to meet on November 22 earlier because of the elections… We wanted to make it before Parliament (winter) session. Those who are opposing the BJP will join and discuss. We will chalk out a programme to move forward take this momentum further on the agenda to protect the nation,” Naidu had said after announcing the postponement of the November 22 Opposition conclave.
Last month, he (Chandrababu Naidu) met NCP chief Sharad Pawar, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee, National Conference leader Omar Abdullah and stated that all the opposition parties will have to ally to “save the democracy”.
“We are not trying to make a nationwide mega alliance. Our effort is to form state-wise alliances, giving primacy to the major political party in every state. For this, we are going to meet in Delhi on December 10. The issue of use of electronic voting machines (EVMs) would also be discussed in the meeting,” he had said.