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Opposition Unity in Jeopardy as Kejriwal Abstains from Joint Assertion, AAP Assaults Congress

The high-profile opposition assembly lastly concluded in Patna on Friday night, however not with out some fissures and friction. As all of the leaders from 17 political events got here out for a press convention post-meeting, Arvind Kejriwal and his fellow AAP leaders had been lacking from the dias. 

AAP vs Congress: The Bridge Widens 

Amidst the assembly, the connection between the Aam Aadmi Get together (AAP) and the Congress took a flip for the more serious, as tensions escalated. Delhi Chief Minister and AAP Nationwide Convener Arvind Kejriwal began by asking Congress leaders to situation a clarification on the stance on the ordinance handed by the Narendra Modi cupboard towards the Delhi authorities. 

Congress President, Mallikarjun Kharge, in his response, asserted that this choice will solely be taken after a radical dialogue with different leaders through the parliamentary session. 

The response irked Kejriwal who has been rising impatient concerning the lack of Congress decisiveness on the matte for the previous few weeks. As the strain grew, different leaders intervened to calm the atmosphere. 

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee proposed a harmonious resolution to the conflicting leaders, suggesting they convene at a future event over tea and biscuits in Delhi to resolve the problem. 

Bihar Chief Minister and host Nitish Kumar additionally reiterated that this isn’t the precise place for the dialogue on the ordinance and requested Kejriwal to sideline the problem for now. Nevertheless, these efforts didn’t bear any fruit as AAP conveyed a transparent message indicating an additional decline of their strained ties with Congress. 

In a tweet from the official deal with, AAP has said that until Congress publicly condemns the not too long ago issued ordinance by the central authorities, it will pose vital challenges for the AAP to have interaction in any alliance that features the venerable political social gathering. 

The official AAP assertion learn “The obvious silence of the Congress raises suspicions about its actual intention. In private discussions, Congress leaders have hinted that they may informally abstain from voting within the parliament. By abstaining from voting on this matter, Congress will inadvertently assist the BJP in its relentless assault on Indian democracy.”

The assertion additional added, “Until the Congress overtly condemns the Black Ordinance and publicly declares that every one 31 of its Rajya Sabha MPs will oppose the ordinance, it can pose challenges for the AAP to have interaction in upcoming conferences of like-minded events wherein the Congress is a participant.”

Congress and Nationwide Convention Hits Again at AAP

Congress didn’t maintain again both within the assembly. Congress president Kharge introduced a group of newspaper clippings containing ‘provocative statements made by the Aam Aadmi Get together, together with the current allegations made by AAP’s spokesperson Priyanka Kakkar concerning the grand previous social gathering having a consensus with BJP on the ordinance.

Sources added, “Kharge questioned the AAP, asking why they selected to make such provocative statements only a day earlier than the assembly.”

Sources additionally quoted KC Venugopal as saying, “You can not maintain a gun to somebody’s head.”

J&Ok’s former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah additionally hit out at Kejriwal questioning his help for the central authorities’s invoice on scrapping articles 370 and 35A from Jammu and Kashmir. 

Supply: PTI

In response to sources, “Abdullah questioned, ‘You maintained silence on Article 370, why didn’t you increase your voice concerning that matter?’”

Whereas Kejriwal stayed mum on the Article 370 query, he asserted that his social gathering now stands fully towards the Modi authorities and expects different opposition events to do the identical. 

What Else Occurred on the Opposition Assembly?

The assembly began round 12:30 pm, an hour late from the scheduled time, at Nitish Kumar’s residence in Patna and went on for nearly three and a half hours. All anticipated leaders had been current on the assembly. At 4:15 pm, all of the leaders addressed the media giving minimal particulars about what was mentioned within the assembly whereas revealing that the following assembly will happen in Shimla subsequent month. 

Opposition Unity in Jeopardy as Kejriwal Abstains from Joint Statement, AAP Attacks Congress - Asiana Times
Supply: ANI

Beginning with Nitish Kumar, all of the leaders, together with Rahul Gandhi, Mamata Banerjee, Sitaram Yechury, Dipankar Bhattacharya, Hemant Soren, and Akhilesh Yadav talked about preventing the BJP collectively by nominating just one candidate from the whole opposition on each LS seat towards the NDA candidates. 

Lalu Yadav, who spoke on the final, concluded the media interplay by lightening everybody’s temper. Former Bihar Chief Minister and RJD chief mentioned, I’m now absolutely match and it’s time to make Narendra Modi match.” 

Yadav candidly additionally requested Rahul Gandhi to get married. He added, “Rahul aap dulha baniye, hum log barati banege (Rahul you turn into the groom, we will likely be in your aspect).”

Many specialists have decoded this message as an oblique indication from Lalu Yadav to make Rahul Gandhi the Prime Minister candidate of the opposition alliance. 

Will the alliance truly work and can there be a consensus on a typical minimal program and a typical face? Solely time will inform.