The platform for opposition unity was the 'Sanjhi Virasat Bachao' (save our composite culture) meeting hosted by rebel JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav and attended by a host of leaders, including those from the Congress, CPI-M, CPI, SP, BSP, NCP, RJD, NC, JD-S and RLD.
Leader of the Opposition Abdul Mannan said that the situation in West Bengal did not change since the last all-party meeting and his party did not feel the need to attend the meeting as it has lost its importance.
Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh has always focused on indigenous (technologies) but there is need to use modern technology to improve farmers income, NCP's Praful Patel and suggested the minister to keep "open mind" on the issue of technology.
When the House resumed to take up different issues during Zero Hour, opposition members again came into the Well raising slogans. Holding placards, some members, who are part of the AIADMK, trooped into Well demanding a CBI probe into the gutkha scam.
Ali Anwar Ansari (JD-U) through a Zero Hour mention raised the issue of manual scavenging saying this practice was continuing even after the government has declared it illegal. The workers died in Delhi due to toxic gases while cleaning a septic tank.
AAP legislator H S Phoolka, the MLA from Dakha seat, said he has recommended the names of AAP MLAs in accordance to their seniority, to the party high command to elect Leader of Opposition from among them in consultation with other party legislators.
The much-awaited speech by PM Narendra Modi packed the usual punches for the Congress and its President Rahul Gandhi. One such was Modi's statement that the no-confidence motion was a test for Opposition unity, not his government's strength.
New Delhi, Feb 25 (ANI): Expressing solidarity with the One Rank One Pension (OROP) veterans, Punjab Congress President Captain Amarinder Singh on Thursday said it is his duty to stand with them. He said he was always available for the OROP veterans. He added that this issue has been raised for a long time by the Opposition and they would continue to do so till their demands were accepted.
New Delhi, Jan 25 (ANI): Re-elected Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah met veteran leader L.K. Advani to seek his blessings. The meeting comes after Advani had openly criticised Shah after the Bihar debacle. However, the Congress Party said that Shah's reappointment is a 'good omen' and would provide an opportunity for the Opposition to make a comeback.
Singur (West Bengal), Jan 17 (ANI): Former chief minister of West Bengal Buddhadeb Bhattacharya on Sunday urged the leftists to come together and save the state from a hell-like situation. He said people in the state need to think over and again as to which party they should support. He asked them to join hands to destroy the enemy, which is the opposition.
New Delhi, Jan 17 (ANI): West Bengal state Congress president Adhir Ranjan Chowdhary on Sunday said Sambia Sohrab’s arrest was not really an arrest, but surrender. He added that efforts were being made to protect Sohrab. He stated that since pressure was being mounted by people and opposition parties, the accused had to be arrested. He further added that the drama surrounding the case was enacted by the police and Trinamool Congress Party (TMC).