UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi is likely to join the proposed meeting of non-BJP parties on December 10 to further explore the possibility of forging a broad-based front against the saffron party and its allies before the 2019 elections.
Party president Rahul Gandhi is also certain to join the gathering, which will take place a day before the assembly election results are out.
TDP president and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, who has been making efforts to put together an anti-BJP front, on Saturday said the parties would meet on December 10 to prepare an agenda for the coalitio
packed Monday just a day before the state election results. A scheduling conflict has forced the opposition to move its meeting to a post-lunch affair.
Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), may give it a miss. The sources, however, state that alliances for the national election next year are still wide open, that Mayawati’s absence is a strategic one.
“I think she (Mayawati) wants to see what the results are like on the 11th before committing to anything,” said a senior leader attending the meet.
The opposition meeting is strategic not just because it helps fix floor strategy before the winter session of parliament from 11 December to January 8 but because it is a roll call for all those that are or will be part of the grand alliance.
“This is the meeting that was called by Chandrababu Naidu last month. We all requested him to hold it later as most people were busy with campaigning,” said a senior leader who has been part of the talks between opposition parties.
While the BSP seems inclined to skip the meet, DMK’s Stalin, Mamata Banerjee, RJD’s Tejaswi Yadav, Samajwadi Party’s Akhilesh Yadav and either HD Kumaraswamy or his father Deve Gowda are expected to attend the meeting.