Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Has Rahul Gandhi's political ineptness killed a joint Opposition campaign?

Opposition moment ever since the BJP came to power in 2014. The party has called for an ambitious joint press conference on 27 December to take forward the Opposition's attack on the Union government, over the demonetisation move. However, several key parties have indicated that they may skip the event, which will be an embarrassment for the Congress party.
Congress chief Sonia Gandhi's trusted lieutenants Ahmed Patel and Ghulam Nabi Azad had reportedly spoken to leaders of JD(U), RJD, JD(S), NCP, Trinamool Congress, DMK, BSP, SP and the Left parties for the meet. But a large number of them have expressed reservations about attending, with some issuing a clear-cut refusal.
CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury announced on 26 December that his party will not participate, citing absence of "proper consultation