New Delhi: In a major step towards forming an anti-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) front, top opposition leaders will huddle in the national capital on Monday, to discuss forging a grand alliance in the forthcoming 2019 Lok Sabha polls. Convened by Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, the meeting is scheduled to be begin at 3.30 PM at Parliament House Annexe. Notably, the meeting comes a day before the crucial results of the Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Telangana and Mizoram Assembly polls. Also Read - PM Kisan Samman Nidhi Scheme Reaches 7.03 Lakh Farmers In Bengal, Mamata Accuses Centre Of Dilly-Dallying Funds
Taking a dig at Opposition meet, BJP national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya said they should first declare a prime ministerial candidate before thinking of ousting the Narendra Modi government. “It’s really good to see opposition parties trying to forge an alliance to fight against us. But, first let them declare their prime ministerial candidate, then they should dream of fighting against us and ousting us. We have Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is their PM candidate,” the BJP leader asked. Also Read - Times Group Chairperson Indu Jain Dies, PM Modi Expresses Grief
Congress chief Rahul Gandhi and United Progressive Alliance (UPA) chairperson Sonia Gandhi are likely to attend the meet, during which the Opposition is also expected to chalk out a joint strategy for the winter session of Parliament, which is slated to begin tomorrow. Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar, Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo Mamata Banerjee, National Conference (NC) chief Farooq Abdullah, Communist Party of India (Marxist) general secretary Sitaram Yechury and Communist Party of India (CPI) general secretary S Sudhakar Reddy are expected to attend the meeting. Also Read - PM Kisan Samman Nidhi 8th Installment Date 2021: Modi Releases ₹19,000 Cr to More Than 9.5 Crore Farmers | Step-by-step Guide to Check Balance
Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) president M K Stalin, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) convenor Arvind Kejriwal, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejashwi Yadav and Loktantrik Janata Dal (LJD) leader Sharad Yadav are also among those likely to attend the meeting. Besides heads of non-BJP parties, the chief ministers opposition parties from Kerala, Punjab and Puducherry are also invited.
Meanwhile, Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu has also called an all-party meeting today on the eve of the Winter Session of Parliament. The meeting will mark the attendance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi who is expected to build a consensus for a smooth conduct of the proceedings in the Upper House, beginning on December 11.