Rahul Gandhi meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi this morning has dealt a big blow to the carefully crafted opposition union that held fast via the winter meeting of Parliament, just in front of a Congress-led march today to presidential palace Rashtrapati Bhavan in protest against the notes ban.
The Left parties Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party, the Samajwadi Party, the Nationalistic Congress Party headed by Sharad Pawar and the DMK in quick succession dropped out of the protest march for meet the chairman, minutes before it was to start up from the Gandhi image in the parliament premises.
They are upset that the Congress Vice-President sought a meeting with the Prime Minister without requiring the other opposite parties. At the meeting, Mr Rahul Gandhi, who was inclusive by senior leaders of his party, raised with the Prime Minister the plight of farmers who he have met during a journey of Uttar Pradesh while battling in the state, where voting will be held soon.
“Are we not concerned about the plight of farmers?” asked a leader of the BSP, which is a general player in the Uttar Pradesh elections like is the Samajwadi Party, which regulations the state and is seeking another term.
Congress President Sonia Gandhi led a considerably whittled down opposition mission to meet the President and not the 15 that have with each other attacked the government over its decision to ban 500 and 1,000 rupee notes and its impact on the people, disrupting the entire winter session, which ends today.
Among those who marched with the Congress are Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress and the party’s Bihar allies Janata Dal (United) and the RJD.
The others and the left were firmly at the back Rahul Gandhi when he declared two days ago that he has information on the “personal corruption” of PM Modi, a claim discharged by the BJP like “the joke of the year.”
The ruling party has dared Mr Gandhi to make the information he claims he has public, with leader after BJP leader attacking the Congress Vice-President over his remarks.
But in an address this day to BJP law writers, PM Modi made no description of Mr Gandhi’s attack, though he hit out at the Congress, accusing it of putting party above nation.
At his conference with Mr Gandhi, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, “We should every time meet like this.” Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge responded by saying, “Even if our hearts don’t meet, we can at least cooperate and shake hands.