A day after she hosted an Iftar dinner which was attended by leaders of several Opposition parties, Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday began preparing the party’s strategy for the coming Monsoon Session of Parliament.
Sources said the Congress would reach out to Opposition parties to coordinate the floor strategy. Besides the Lalit Modi controversy, the party is set to raise other issues like the Vyapam deaths, PDS rice row in Chhattisgarh and the allegations against BJP ministers in Maharasthra.
Sonia met top parliamentary party leaders on Tuesday to identify the issues. The meeting was attended by Congress vice- president Rahul Gandhi.
Apart from the obvious issues, the party is also preparing to raise the issue of net neutrality and the government’s engagement with Pakistan in the backdrop of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s talks with his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif.
Congress leader Anand Sharma said Modi’s talk with Sharif was an “eyewash”. Criticising the joint statement issued after the meeting, he said, “It was not even worth the paper on which it is written, which is clear now… Prime Minister will have to reply to the nation on what grounds he did it? What was the assurance which satisfied him to take such a big step?”
Referring to Pakistan PM’s Advisor on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz’s remarks that “no dialogue will take place with India unless Kashmir issue is included in the agenda,” Sharma said: “There was no reason for the joint statement after the PM’s meeting… it is being presented by Pakistan in a different manner to embarrass India on the world stage… Pakistan’s statement proves that the meeting was just an eyewash and just for show, without any seriousness. The nation has been shamed.”