UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi hosts dinner today; TDP, BJD, TRS not invited

Sonia Gandhi hosts dinner for Opposition parties spokesperson says meet ‘not political

"This dinner is not for politics, but it is natural that when government is taking no interest in running the government then all the opposition leaders who when they meet will discuss politics as well as discuss issues of national interest", Randeep Surjewala, Congress chief spokesperson told reporters after the dinner.

Leaders of 20 Opposition parties on Tuesday night got together at a dinner hosted by UPA.

"Much political talk but much more important - tremendous positive energy, warmth and genuine affection", he wrote, and tagged a group photo of the attendees.

Former chief ministers of Jharkhand, Babulal Marandi of Jharkhand Vikas Morcha and Hemant Soren of Jharkhand Mukti Morcha will attend the dinner, along with former Bihar chief minister and Hindustani Awam Morcha chief Jitan Ram Manjhi, who recently quit the NDA and joined forces with Lalu Prasad's RJD.

Sonia Gandhi has called for opposition unity and said parties should set aside their minor differences to get together in the larger interest of keeping the BJP out of power in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. KCR was seen emerging in South India after he announced to initiate a collaboration of local parties against both national parties - Congress and BJP. Political leaders including Sharad Yadav, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar, Samajwadi Party's (SP) Ramgopal Yadav, Bahujan Samaj Party's (BSP) Satish Mishra along with other leaders attended the dinner hosted by Sonia Gandhi.

With the collaboration of all these parties, Congress is wanting to make a comeback in national politics and this is the first diplomatic step towards it.

Left and TMC leaders who were present said it was certainly a "political dinner without political talks".


There had been some confusion after Trinamul chief Mamata Banerjee took the initiative of contacting anti-Congress parties like the TRS.

In Parliament, the immediate casualty of the deadlock was the Finance Bill, 2018 which was listed for consideration and passage on Tuesday.

Asked about government's plans to deal with disruptions by friendly political parties such as the TDP, AIADMK and the TRS, Kumar said they would withdraw their protests if they get to participate in the debate on the general budget.

"Congress continues to have a repressive mindset toward democracy".

He also labelled the Congress a "falling, failing and faltering organisation" and attacked it for not following parliamentary traditions and using Parliament as a mere platform to give speeches. "Congress doesn't have democracy in its genes", parliamentary affairs minister Ananth Kumar said.

The dinner was hosted at the 10 Janpath residence where the leaders discussed the possibilities of all Opposition parties getting together to defeat BJP in 2019 Lok Sabha elections. "If we were not interested in discussions, we would not have given adjournment motions".

Related News:

  • Dzeko hails 'patient' Roma after narrow last-16 win

    Dzeko hails 'patient' Roma after narrow last-16 win

    But Roma came back from the break with renewed intensity and Dzeko scored in the 51st minute to bring the sides level at 2-2. Shakhtar ran out 2-1 winners in Ukraine, coming from behind to win thanks to goals from Facundo Ferreyra and Fred .
    Eagles to sign Pro Bowl DT Haloti Ngata

    Eagles to sign Pro Bowl DT Haloti Ngata

    Also, Denver Broncos linebacker Corey Nelson intends to sign a 1-year deal with the Eagles, a source told ESPN's Josina Anderson. As Dave Zangaro pointed out, Ngata's impact when playing for Detroit last season versus when he wasn't was stark.
    Jhené Aiko Responds To Rumours That Big Sean Cheated On Her

    Jhené Aiko Responds To Rumours That Big Sean Cheated On Her

    For well over a year now, Big Sean and Jhene Aiko have been one of hip-hop's hottest items. In response, Big Sean quote-tweeted Aiko with a series of clapping hand emojis.
  • This Is Us season 2 finale recap: 'The Wedding'

    This Is Us season 2 finale recap: 'The Wedding'

    Are you surprised that Kate is able to "let go" of Jack and make room for Toby? "I have my dream idea", she said at the time . Or when Randall says "it's time to go see her", he could be referring to Beth (or Annie)'s final resting place.
    Championship round-up: Doherty double keeps Wolves clear at top

    Championship round-up: Doherty double keeps Wolves clear at top

    A header from Galway youngster Ryan Manning and Jake Bidwell's deflected effort put the visitors 2-0 up at half-time. Barnsley inched three points clear of the relegation zone after a 1-1 draw with Norwich .
    Toys 'R' Us to announce closure of stores nationwide, according to report

    Toys 'R' Us to announce closure of stores nationwide, according to report

    Toys R Us is preparing for liquidation and may shutter all of its roughly 800 USA stores, according to multiple media reports. In a tweet last week, Toys R' Us said they've seen an fantastic outpouring of love and they are still open for business.
  • NCAA First Four: LIU Brooklyn vs. Radford

    NCAA First Four: LIU Brooklyn vs. Radford

    LIU's Jashaun Agosto led all scorers with 16 points as he added seven assists and six boards in 36 minutes. Bonaventure to a 65-58 victory over U.C.L.A. and its first N.C.A.A.
    Google Assistant Lands on the iPad

    Google Assistant Lands on the iPad

    For instance, you can pull Google Assistant up as you work on something in another app or play a game. Of course, Lollipop and tablet support was explicitly added to the Assistant late a year ago .
    Former Redskins' QB Kirk Cousins likely to sign with Vikings

    Former Redskins' QB Kirk Cousins likely to sign with Vikings

    Keenum led the Vikings to a magical season , and yet they refused to commit to him, choosing instead to pursue Cousins. Cousins has thrown for at least 25 touchdowns, 4,000 yards and a 93.9 passer rating in every year since 2015.
  • Counting for Uttar Pradesh's Lok Sabha bypolls: Highlights

    Counting for Uttar Pradesh's Lok Sabha bypolls: Highlights

    The BJP had swept 2014 Lok Sabha polls in the state winning 71 seats on its own while its alliance partner Apna Dal had won two. Gorakhpur has been a BJP seat for almost three decades but the SP and BJP joined hands this time hoping to spring a surprise.
    Xiaomi Redmi 5A 2GB RAM Model To Now Cost Rs

    Xiaomi Redmi 5A 2GB RAM Model To Now Cost Rs

    Xiaomi is all set to launch Redmi 5 in India on Wednesday following the launch of Redmi Note 5 and Redmi Note 5 Pro last month. The handset features a 5.99-inch FHD+ (2160x1080) display with an 18:9 aspect ratio and Corning Gorilla Glass for protection.

    Jets players, fans react to Josh McCown signing on Twitter

    He started 12 of his 13 appearances as a rookie in Minnesota, posting 2,919 yards and 14 touchdowns against 12 interceptions. The leg injury pulled a 180 on Bridgewater's career coming off an 11-win season and playoff appearance with the Vikings.


Most liked

BJP keen on having Rajya Sabha polls unopposed: Maha minister
The party nominated three candidates from Karnataka, including Dalit poet L Hanumanthaiah and Vokkalinga leader GC Chandrasekhar. Asked if the BJP approached the Central Election Commission on the issue, Gohil said: "Let them go wherever they (BJP) want to".

[Noah Smith] Trump's tariffs look like self-inflicted wounds
Where President Trump's approach is wrong is to use national security as the reason to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum . European and USA stocks fell on Tuesday, partly due to concerns about Chinese retaliation should Trump impose the tariffs.

Supreme Court says foreign lawyers can't practice in India
One of them was passed by Madras High Court on February 21, 2012, and the other by Bombay High Court on December 16, 2009. The Madras High court had said that foreign lawyers can fly in and fly out for tendering legal advice on foreign laws.

Michael Carrick confirms he will retire at the end of the season
He added: "It's kind of been sorted out, but we're still talking about it so there is nothing to totally confirm yet. Hopefully I can get some game time and I am still enjoying training.

Teddy Bridgewater, New York Jets working on deal
Cousins only got the team to the postseason once in three years as the starter, and the team lost the one playoff game they had. No matter who the Jets pick, they'll need to cultivate a good young quarterback, something they have failed to do for years.

The Real Reason Ronda Rousey Missed 'Monday Night Raw'
But, now that it's 2018, and because Rousey's signed with the WWE , the consensus seems to be that her fighting career is over. Cesaro and Sheamus in a Handicap Match in New Orleans or Braun being put with Elias to form a new tag team.

Opposition Protests In Parliament Stall Proceedings For 7th Consecutive Day
The ruling party also indicated that it will press ahead with the Union Budget-related processes even amid protests. The Rajya Sabha too saw several diruptions with the House being adjourned nearly immediately after the day began.

Queer Eye: Tom and ex-wife Abby are engaged!
For anyone who hasn't yet binged watched the show, Tom was the Fab 5's first charge of the season. And Netflix should definitely make the most of this good news, and use it in their own promotion.

Confidence building measures along Assam-Mizoram border
At least 40 people have died in clashes along the border with Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Meghalaya and Mizoram since the 1960s. This was conveyed to Hailakandi Deputy Commissioner Adil Khan by Kolasib Deputy Commissioner, R.

Donald Trump suggests USA may need to create a 'space force'
While Trump was nearly jokingly floating the idea, there has always been a military aspect to the space race. It says the Air Force has to move toward creating a space defense unit within itself called the Space Corps.

Manchester United derby hero Rashford unworried by time on the bench
There has been plenty of talk in recent weeks surrounding Jose Mourinho's handling of Manchester United wonderkid Marcus Rashford .

UCU and UUK reach agreement on pension dispute
The union has threatened a further 14 days of strikes, "designed to hit the exam and assessment periods between April and June". The University and College Union (UCU ) and Universities UK (UUK ) have agreed a revised benefit reform proposal for pensions.

RBI bans all Indian banks from issuing LoUs, LoCs
Bankers say the scrapping of LoU/LoC is unlikely to impact trade credit as banks can issue Letters of Credit (LC) and Bank Guarantees for trade credits for imports.

FOX Chair Says Buffy the Vampire Slayer Could Get Revival
And really, do we need more "Buffy"? But when we first brought it back it was Chris and David and Gillian. Newman didn't specify a reboot or a revival, but clarified that he wasn't announcing anything official.

Tottenham's Kane out until end of April
The injury occurred after a collision with Bournemouth goalkeeper Asmir Begovic in the first half at Dean Court. England will face Tunisia, Belgium and Panama in the World Cup group stage in Russian Federation .