Congress president Sonia Gandhi has sent invites to top politicians, including Mamata Banerjee, Nitish Kumar, Prakash Karat and Sitaram Yechury, for a two-day international conference organised by the party to mark the 125th birth anniversary of India’s first PM Jawaharlal Nehru. The event will be held on November 17-18 at Vigyan Bhavan.
Sources in the Left parties said that Yechury, Karat and D Raja would attend. While JD(S) leader H D Deve Gowda is likely to participate, other Janata Parivar leaders are yet to decide.
Sources in SP, JD(U) and RJD said the parties have received the invitation, and their leaders will collectively decide on attending. Sources said chances of them attending the conference were “bright”.
“Mamata Banerjee is likely to attend the event. She will be in Delhi on November 17 and 18,” a Trinamool Congress leader said.
Sonia’s list of invitees is seen as an attempt to rally “secular forces” and rebuff Modi, who has been trying to appropriate Congress icons. Significantly, NCP chief Sharad Pawar has conveyed his inability to attend the event.