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21 Opposition Party Leaders Unite to Forge Anti-BJP Front

India | | December 10, 2018, 5:46 pm
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 Senior leaders of 21 opposition parties including the Congress, Trinamool Congress, TDP, AAP, NCP and the DMK met here on Monday and resolved to work together to

Senior leaders of 21 opposition parties including the Congress, Trinamool Congress, TDP, AAP, NCP and the DMK met here on Monday and resolved to work together to "defeat the BJP-RSS" and to expose the ruling party's "corruption". (Image: PTI)

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 The leaders, who included UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Congress President Rahul Gandhi, former Prime Ministers Manmohan Singh and H.D. Deve Gowda, Chief Ministers Mamata Banerjee, N. Chandrababu Naidu and Arvind Kejriwal, NCP leader Sharad Pawar and DMK leader M.K. Stalin, did not specifically talk of a grand alliance for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls but said they will come out over the next few months with

The leaders, who included UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Congress President Rahul Gandhi, former Prime Ministers Manmohan Singh and H.D. Deve Gowda, Chief Ministers Mamata Banerjee, N. Chandrababu Naidu and Arvind Kejriwal, NCP leader Sharad Pawar and DMK leader M.K. Stalin, did not specifically talk of a grand alliance for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls but said they will come out over the next few months with "a programme of work" anchored in complete transparency and accountability. (Image: PTI)

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 The meeting, which took place a day before the start of the winter session and before the results of assembly polls in five states, was not attended by the Bahujan Samaj Party and the Samajwadi Party. (Image: PTI)

The meeting, which took place a day before the start of the winter session and before the results of assembly polls in five states, was not attended by the Bahujan Samaj Party and the Samajwadi Party. (Image: PTI)

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 In a joint statement later, the

In a joint statement later, the "leaders of secular parties" reaffirmed their steadfast resolve to "confront and defeat the forces that are subverting our Constitution and making a mockery of our democracy". (Image: PTI)

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 They talked of electronic voting machines (EVMs) and said (Image: PTI)" title=" They talked of electronic voting machines (EVMs) and said "innumerable deficiencies, failures and plausible doubts" on their neutral functioning have raised "a question on the neutrality of poll process itself" and this needs to be redressed without question and without delay.
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They talked of electronic voting machines (EVMs) and said "innumerable deficiencies, failures and plausible doubts" on their neutral functioning have raised "a question on the neutrality of poll process itself" and this needs to be redressed without question and without delay.
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 Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu felicitates West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief Mamata Banerjee ahead of a meeting of opposition parties to discuss a grand alliance against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for the 2019 Lok Sabha election, in New Delhi. (Image: PTI)

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu felicitates West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief Mamata Banerjee ahead of a meeting of opposition parties to discuss a grand alliance against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for the 2019 Lok Sabha election, in New Delhi. (Image: PTI)

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 The groundwork for the meeting had been done by TDP chief and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu, who had left the ruling National Democratic Alliance earlier this year. He has been meeting leaders of various parties to bring them together against the BJP-led NDA in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. Similar efforts have been made in Trinamool Congress leader and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in the past.<br />(Image: PTI)

The groundwork for the meeting had been done by TDP chief and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu, who had left the ruling National Democratic Alliance earlier this year. He has been meeting leaders of various parties to bring them together against the BJP-led NDA in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. Similar efforts have been made in Trinamool Congress leader and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in the past.
(Image: PTI)

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 The leaders accused the Narendra Modi government of trying to put

The leaders accused the Narendra Modi government of trying to put "a conspiratorial lid over multiple corruption scams" like Rafale and becoming "an abettor to the escape of bank defaulters". (Image: PTI)

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 The meeting was informed in-between that Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Urjit Patel had resigned and the leaders accused the government of a

The meeting was informed in-between that Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Urjit Patel had resigned and the leaders accused the government of a "sinister attack on the autonomy of RBI". (Image: PTI)

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 The leaders said India needs a government that cares for the working class, farmers and farm labourers, makes education accessible and affordable, creates jobs, provides fair wages, empowers weaker sections, respects autonomy of institutions, ensures faster and inclusive economic growth, addresses concerns of small traders and enterprises that have been

The leaders said India needs a government that cares for the working class, farmers and farm labourers, makes education accessible and affordable, creates jobs, provides fair wages, empowers weaker sections, respects autonomy of institutions, ensures faster and inclusive economic growth, addresses concerns of small traders and enterprises that have been "devastated by demonetisation and the ill-planned implementation of GST". (Image: PTI)

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 Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, AAP Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh and Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad leave after a meeting of opposition parties to discuss a grand alliance against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for the 2019 Lok Sabha election, in New Delhi. (Image: PTI)

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, AAP Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh and Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad leave after a meeting of opposition parties to discuss a grand alliance against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for the 2019 Lok Sabha election, in New Delhi. (Image: PTI)

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 Congress President Rahul Gandhi and Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) President MK Stalin leave after a meeting of opposition parties to discuss a grand alliance against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for the 2019 Lok Sabha election, in New Delhi. (Image: PTI)

Congress President Rahul Gandhi and Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) President MK Stalin leave after a meeting of opposition parties to discuss a grand alliance against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for the 2019 Lok Sabha election, in New Delhi. (Image: PTI)

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 Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, NCP Chief Sharad Pawar and National Conference President Farooq Abdullah at a meeting of opposition parties to discuss a grand alliance against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for the 2019 Lok Sabha election, in New Delhi. (Image: PTI)

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, NCP Chief Sharad Pawar and National Conference President Farooq Abdullah at a meeting of opposition parties to discuss a grand alliance against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for the 2019 Lok Sabha election, in New Delhi. (Image: PTI)

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