13 Oppn parties to take on Govt over state of the economy

13 Oppn parties to take on Govt over state of the economy

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New Delhi, Nov 4: Opposition parties on Monday decided to take on the Narendra Modi government over state of economy, unemployment, agrarian crisis and the signing of Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), both inside and outside Parliament.

A meeting of the leaders of 13 opposition parties, convened by Leader of the opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad, at the Constitution Club deliberated upon how to strengthen the opposition unity against the current dispensation on the issue of the downturn in the economy, unemployment and the agrarian crisis.
However, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Samajwadi Party (SP), Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) did not attend the meeting.

Leaders, however, maintained that the NCP is very much part of the opposition unity and party chief Sharad Pawar is in Delhi to meet Congress president Sonia Gandhi over the issue of government formation in Maharashtra. Responding to quesries on the absence of SP and the BSP, Mr Azad said, "You have to ask them why they are not attending.'

Among the opposition leaders who attended the meeting were Ghulam Nabi Azad, Ahmed Patel and Randeep Singh Surjewala, (Congress), D. Kupendra Reddy (JD-S), Sharad Yadav (LJD), T R Balu (DMK), Manoj Jha (RJD), Md Nadimul Haque (TMC), Ajit Singh (RLD), T K Rangarajan (CPI-M), D Raja and Binoy Viswam (CPI), Upendra Kushwaha (RLSP), PK Kunhalikutti (IUML), Jose K Mani (KCM) and Shatrujeet Singh (RSP).
The leaders also said that opposition parties have reached an agreement for a united front against the government and will start agitational programmes across the country.

On the WhatsApp snooping issue, leaders said that they have asked for time to meet President Ram Nath Kovind. Though India on Monday officially decided not to sign the RCEP trade deal for a while, Mr Azad said, the Congress's proposed agitation will continue to make sure that government will not go ahead with the deal in future.

Addressing media persons, besides Mr Azad, Mr Balu and Mr Yadav also expressed concerned over the state of economy and said that the government is not doing anything to save the economy. (UNI)