When 16 opposition parties in Patna were discussing unity, at that time the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has thrown a new twist. The party announced that it will not be a part of any future meetings of opposition parties until the Congress publicly opposes the ordinance to control administrative services of the central government in Delhi. Along with this, the Aam Aadmi Party also stated that Congress needs to decide whether it stands with the people of Delhi or with the Modi government.
Sources have revealed that this announcement by the party came during the opposition parties’ meeting held in Patna, following a heated exchange between Congress and AAP. AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal questioned the stance of the oldest party on the ordinance issue. In response, Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge raised the allegation made by AAP’s spokesperson, Priyanka Kakkar, stating that Congress is not taking a clear position due to a compromise with the BJP.
Just minutes before the meeting, Priyanka Kakkar informed NDTV that she learned from reliable sources that “there is a tacit understanding between Congress and BJP, which is why Congress is not opposing the ordinance.”
Congress has consistently stated that there was no opportunity for a major meeting on such issues, and they make decisions on such matters before the parliamentary session.
Why is there so much hype about it? – Kharge Mallikarjun Kharge, upon arriving in Patna, had said, “Opposition or support for it doesn’t happen outside, it happens in Parliament. Before the commencement of the Parliament session, all parties decide on the issues they need to work together on. They know this, and their leaders also attend all-party meetings. I don’t know why there is so much hype about it externally.”
Several regional parties opposing the Ordinance
In the meeting held in Patna, many parties that have been traditionally opposed to Congress at the regional level have come together to oppose it.
BJP calls it a Photo Session
On the other hand, the BJP has dismissed the opposition’s meeting by calling it a “photo session.” During a public rally in Jammu, Union Home Minister Amit Shah stated, “No matter how many parties come together for a meeting, they can never be united. Today, in Patna, there is a photo session going on. They (the opposition) want to challenge Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the NDA. I want to tell them that in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections, PM Modi will form a government with more than 300 seats.”