Rahul Gandhi hosts Opposition's breakfast meet to chalk out Pegasus strategy, AAP skips
New Delhi, Aug 03: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi hosted a breakfast meeting for opposition parties to decide strategy amid a deadlock and non-stop disruptions in parliament.
At the Opposition leaders' meeting, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi says single-most important thing, in his view, is to unite this force.
"The more this voice (of the people) unites, the more powerful this voice will become, the more difficult it'll become for BJP-RSS to suppress it," he said.
Leaders from Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Shiv Sena, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), Samajwadi Party (SP), Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M), CPI, Indian Union Muslim League (IUML), Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP), Kerala Congress (M), Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM), National Conference (NC), Trinamool Congress (TMC) and Loktantrik Janata Dal (LJD) attended the meeting.
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) skips the breakfast meeting being hosted by Congress leader Rahul Gandhi for leaders of Opposition parties at Constitution Club in Delhi.
This is the second opposition meet hosted by Rahul Gandhisince last week, when leaders of various parties discussed a coordinated strategy to corner the government.
Rocked by protests from opposition parties on Pegasus snooping and other issues since the start of the Monsoon session, Parliament has only functioned for 18 hours out of the scheduled time of 107 hours, resulting in a loss of more than Rs 133 crore of taxpayers' money.
Opposition parties have been disrupting proceedings in both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha demanding discussion on Pegasus snooping, farm laws and other issues. Amid the din, five bills have been passed in Lok Sabha, besides Appropriation bills. Rajya Sabha has also passed almost a similar number of bills.
The opposition and the government have blamed each other for the current deadlock.