Opposition to meet in Bengaluru on July 17-18

The Congress declared that the next meeting of Opposition parties, a sequel to the gathering held in Patna on June 23, would take place in Bengaluru on July 17 and 18. Jairam Ramesh, Congress general secretary (communications), tweeted that the Mumbai operations had reinforced Opposition resolve in the face of obituaries being written about their unity. KC Venugopal, general secretary (organisation), labelled the Patna meeting as “hugely successful” and suggested that the Bengaluru event would further their commitment to overcoming fascist and undemocratic forces. Rastriya Lok Dal chief Jayant Chaudhary declared that he would be present at the Bengaluru meeting, while the Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party will be expecting assurance on opposing the ordinance that takes control away from the elected government of Delhi over services. Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav, who was at the Patna meet, traveled to Hyderabad to meet Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekar Rao, suggesting he is still open to the possibility of a front without the Congress.

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