Opposition parties meet to discuss the strategy for the winter session

NEW DELHI: The opposition parties that met here on Monday, to discuss the economic slowdown in the country and develop a coordinated strategy to counter the government during the next Parliament meeting, have jointly written to President Ramnath Kovind seeking time to address the issue of An Israeli software that is used to spy on Indian journalists, civil society activists, politicians and lawyers, which has recently come to light, according to sources.

The opposition meeting chaired by the leader of Congress in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad, decided to meet soon for a second round to confirm a joint strategy for the Parliament session from November 18, while awaiting an appointment of the President for an appointment to deliver a memo on the topic of espionage.

Opposition leaders, including Ahmed Patel and Randeep Surjewala of Congress, Nadeem ul Haque of TMC, TR Baalu ​​of DMK, Sharad Yadav, IPC General Secretary D Raja, TK Rangarajan of CPM, RJD leader Manoj Jha and the leader of RLSP Upendra Kushwaha, also discussed the Regional Integral Economic Association () negotiations and its implications for India, the economic downturn, the agrarian crisis in the country and the unemployment rate at Monday's meeting.

While focusing on uniting the government on poor economic indicators and India's decision to consider signing the RCEP and spying on Parliament, the leaders also discussed the strategy to face the government outside Parliament.

Congress plans to go out from Tuesday to November 15 to highlight the failures of the BJP government in the Center on issues such as economic slowdown, rising unemployment and agricultural crisis.

The president of the Congress, Sonia Gandhi, and the leader of the PCN, Sharad Pawar, were not present at the meeting, as they met on Monday separately.

The meeting convened by Azad was not represented by the Samajwadi Party (SP), the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).

In stating that Make in India has become Buy from China, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi also criticized the RCEP on Monday and claimed that the proposed free trade agreement will flood the country with cheap products, which will result in the loss of millions of jobs and paralyzing the economy. “'Make in India' has become 'Buy from China'. Every year we import Rs. 6000 goods in China for every Indian! A 100 percent increase since 2014, ”he said in a tweet.

RCEP will flood India with cheap goods, which will result in millions of job losses and paralyze the Indian economy, Gandhi said.

His comments come two days after the head of Congress, Sonia Gandhi, launched a scorching attack against the government's economic policies and said that signing the RCEP agreement will be a serious blow to the economy, resulting in incalculable difficulties for the Farmers, merchants and small businesses.