The Congress president, Mrs. Sonia Gandhi will on Friday chair a meeting of the opposition parties to deliberate on the COVID-19 pandemic, migrants’ issue and the economic package announced by the Modi government.
The meeting would be held through video-conference at 3 pm today. The Congress had sent invitations to 18 political parties to attend the meeting. Reports suggest that Nationalist Congress (NCP) chief Mr. Sharad Pawar, Jharkhand Chief Minister, Mr. Hemant Soren, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) leader, Mr. MK Stalin, CPI-M's Mrs.Sitaram Yechury, West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress supremo and Rashtriya Janata Dal’s Mr. Tejashwi Yadav have given their nod to attend the meet..
However, Samajwadi Party (SP) leader, Mr. Akhilesh Yadav, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo, Ms. Mayawati and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP),Mr. Arvind Kejriwal have decided to skip the scheduled meet..
While APP is at loggerheads with the Congress in Delhi, the BSP has been critical of the Yogi Adityanath-led government in Uttar Pradesh and the Congress over the issue of migrant labourers.
Lashing out at the BJP and Congress, Ms. Mayawati on May 20 said, 'The disgusting politics being done in the past several days, especially by the BJP and Congress in the name of sending migrant labourers home is most unfortunate. Are these parties accusing each other in connivance to divert attention from the tragedy?'.
The Maharashtra Chief Minister and Shiv Sena chief, Mr. Uddhav Thackeray, has decided to join the meet. Interestingly, Sena is not a part of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) but has formed the Maha Vikas Aghadi alliance with the Congress and NCP in the state.
The Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi, on May 12 had given a clarion call for Atmanirbhar Bharat and announced a special economic package of Rs 20 lakh crore to deal with the crisis that has emerged due to COVID-19 pandemic.