In another big political strategy to drive away the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) from the centre, the Opposition leaders have decided to go for a pre-poll alliance with a common minimum agenda. For the first time, Congress has joined hands with Aam Aadmi Party(AAP) to take on Modi-government ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.
The announcement comes after a high-power Opposition meeting at senior Congress leader Sharad Pawar’s residence in New Delhi last evening. The Opposition leaders came together to form an anti-BJP camp at the centre. The leaders also decided to form a Common Minimum Programme(CMP).
The meet was attended by Congress president Rahul Gandhi, TMC chief, and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Aam Aadmi Party Chief and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, NCP president Sharad Pawar, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu, National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah and others.
Congress chief Rahul Gandhi called the meeting a constructive one and said that the opposition will fight against destruction of institutions by BJP for political vendetta. “We agreed that principal target for all of us is to wipe away the assault on Indian institutions being carried out by Narendra Modi, BJP and RSS. We agreed to start a conversation about a common minimum programme and we have a commitment that we are all going to work together to defeat BJP,” Rahul said.
Meanwhile, West Bengal chief minister and Trinamool Congress(TMC) supremo Mamata Banerjee said that the alliance in Bengal and Delhi has not been decided yet. Mamata Banerjee said that a pre-poll alliance would be formed to counter BJP in Lok Sabha. “We will work together at the national level. We will have a common minimum agenda. We will have a pre-poll alliance,” she said addressing a joint press conference. The Congress and TMC will remain rivals at the state level.