Opposition parties meet, plan to bring snoop issue to President Kovind
NEW DELHI: The opposition parties, which met here on Monday to discuss the economic slowdown and develop a coordinated strategy to confront the government in the winter session of Parliament, wrote to the president for time to discuss the espionage case. WhatsApp, sources said.
The meeting, chaired by the leader of the Congress in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad , decided to meet again soon to reaffirm a joint floor strategy for the Parliament session that will begin on November 18. In addition to the spying issue, opposition leaders, including Ahmed Patel and Congress, Nadeem ul Haque of TMC, TR Baalu of DMK, Sharad Yadav, CPI Secretary General D Raja, TK Rangarajan of CPM, the leader of RJD Manoj Jha and the RLSP leader discussed the negotiations of the Regional Integral Economic Association (RCEP), the economic downturn, the agrarian crisis and unemployment.
The leaders also discussed ways of assuming government outside Parliament. Congress plans to go out from Tuesday through November 15 to highlight the failures of the BJP government on issues such as economic slowdown, rising unemployment and agricultural crisis. The president of Congress, Sonia Gandhi, and the leader of the PCN, Sharad Pawar, were not present as they met separately. The meeting convened by Azad was not represented by the Samajwadi Party, the Bahujan Samaj Party and the Aam Aadmi Party.