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TMC, AAP skip Oppn meet to decide RS floor strategy

The meeting called by Kharge was attended by leaders of DMK, RJD, NCP, CPI(M), CPI, Shiv Sena, RLD, MDMK, IUML, RSP, and National Conference.

Holding placards and shouting slogans, the TMC MPs held a separate protest, signalling division in the opposition camp. (Twitter/AITCOfficial)

The Trinamool Congress (TMC) and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Wednesday skipped a meeting of opposition parties, called by the Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge, to decide the floor strategy in the House in the wake of suspension of a large number of MPs — now 20 from of the Upper House and four from Lok Sabha.

The TMC members also did not join a protest held by members of the Congress and some of the opposition parties in front of the Gandhi statue in Parliament House. Holding placards and shouting slogans, the Trinamool MPs held a separate protest, signalling division in the Opposition camp and indicating that the parties are unable to draw up a common strategy.

The meeting called by Kharge was attended by leaders of DMK, RJD, NCP, CPI(M), CPI, Shiv Sena, RLD, MDMK, IUML, RSP, and National Conference.

Kharge had told The Indian Express on Tuesday that he had invited leaders of TMC and AAP to the meeting.

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Sources in the Opposition, however, said the parties are together in forcing the government to hold a discussion on rise in prices and hike in GST rates of essential commodities. “Our tactics may differ…whether we sit together or not, we protest together or not…we are united in forcing the government into holding a discussion,” one leader said.

First published on: 27-07-2022 at 11:46:20 am
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