To stop BJP's 2019 march, Opposition parties to meet in Delhi today

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Congress President Sonia Gandhi has called a meeting of 18 opposition parties on Friday, the last day of Parliament's monsoon session, to discuss the future course of action of the joint opposition and chalk out a strategy against the Modi government.

The meeting was held by Sonia Gandhi the Opposition party member.

After the repeated defeats at the hands of the BJP in a series of elections and the party's aggressive push to establish footprints in non-BJP ruled states through other means, the Opposition leaders are working around the "unite or perish" principle.

There were reports that two MLAs of the NCP in Gujarat might have voted for the BJP and not for Congress candidate Ahmed Patel in the Rajya Sabha elections.

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West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, who arrived here on Thursday, met senior Congress leaders Ahmed Patel ahead of the Opposition meeting on Friday.

Top officials in the government citing reports, said the Centre had details of all the six foreign visits, which included a trip to United Kingdom in June 2015 and another to USA and United Kingdom in September 2015. An upset NCP had then announced contesting the assembly polls in alliance with the JD (U). The BJP camp also said that the NCP MLAs did not vote in its favour, suggesting that there could have been more cross-voting from the Congress ranks. Janata Dal-United leader Sharad Yadav has been invited for the meeting. The parties made a decision to take up the issues of farmers, Dalits, minorities and other marginalised groups during the period. She has been the longest serving Congress president in the 125-year history of the party after being re-elected for the fourth time in September 2010.

To bolster its joint parliamentary strategy, the opposition has chose to come up with a small group which will coordinate with all the opposition leaders, discuss issues and come up with a plan of what should be raised in the upcoming winter session of Parliament.

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