Opposition Meets today for 2019 Grand Alliance, BJP mocks

 The meeting, to be held in Delhi, has been called by Chandrababu Naidu, who has taken on the challenging task of bringing the disparate opposition parties under a single umbrella to take on the BJP in 2019.
Mayawati  has a large following among the Scheduled Castes — especially in Uttar Pradesh, which sends the largest number of lawmakers to the Lok Sabha — is likely to give the meeting a miss, sources said.
Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal, an absentee in all such gatherings, has however, agreed to attend, sources said.
Though it is not clear whether BSP chief Mayawati or her representative would attend, the meeting assumes significance as for the first time as DMK chief M K Stalin, AAP chief and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu will be attending a joint Opposition meeting for the first time
It is not known yet whether all regional leaders are on board with the idea of a common front with the Congress in it. While Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has always spoken in support of an alliance, she has also met with Telangana Rashtra Samithi leader K Chandrashekar Rao, who is working towards a non-Congress, non-BJP front.
BJP national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya Sunday mocked the scheduled meeting of opposition parties in New Delhi, and said they should first declare a prime ministerial candidate before thinking of ousting the Narendra Modi government.
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 to take on the saffron party in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.
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