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Rahul Gandhi bets on Congress win in Karnataka poll

Rahul Gandhi bets on Congress win in Karnataka poll

With Sonia Gandhi inviting disgruntled Janata Dal (United) leader Sharad Yadav in the Opposition meeting today the party has come down heavily on the Congress President saying she is trying to create a rift within the Nitish Kumar-led party.

Cracks emerged in the opposition on the last day of the monsoon session as the Sharad Pawar-led Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) skipped a joint meeting on Friday.

The absence of the NCP, a constituent of the UPA, from the meeting triggered speculations that it is no more in the good books of the Congress, particularly after the Rajya Sabha elections from Gujarat.

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, who arrived here on Thursday, met senior Congress leaders Ahmed Patel ahead of the Opposition meeting on Friday. CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury proposed that the parties should align with the people's movements on the ground, for instance like the farmers' unrest over policies of the government. "And what we get in return is accusations", Patel said.

NCP has been urging the Congress to form an alliance for the year-end Gujarat assembly elections, a proposal that was given a cold shoulder by the latter.

Apart from the Congress, Left parties, TMC, RJD, JD (U), NCP, JMM, DMK, NC, SP, BSP, RLD, JD-S, Kerala Congress, AIUDF besides some others are slated to participate in the meeting. Parties that have a strong organisational strength in each of these states could take the lead in organising the programmes and other parties will join them, to make their presence felt on the ground.

To bolster its joint parliamentary strategy, the opposition has made a decision to come up with a small group which will coordinate with all the opposition leaders, discuss issues and come up with a plan of what should be raised in the upcoming winter session of Parliament. She has been the longest serving Congress president in the 125-year history of the party after being re-elected for the fourth time in September 2010.