Key Opposition parties led by the Congress will hold a meeting on Monday afternoon to fine-tune a strategy to prevent the implementation of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, or CAA, which has stirred a series of public protests. This is the first key meeting of Opposition parties since student-led protests over CAA gained momentum.
The meeting will take place against the backdrop of a split in Opposition unity with West Bengal chief minister and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee announcing that she would stay away from the meeting as she differed with the approach of Congress and Left parties over the issue and accusing them of vandalism in the name of protests.
The Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) could also give the meeting a miss in view of her recent attack on the Congress over infant deaths in Rajasthan’s Kota. “There is no official confirmation yet but the BSP may not attend Monday’s meeting," said a senior Opposition leader requesting anonymity.
The meeting on Monday will be chaired by Congress president Sonia Gandhi. Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad of the Congress is one of the leaders responsible for bringing Opposition parties on-board for Monday’s meeting, a senior party leader said requesting anonymity.
On Sunday, the Congress received support from political strategist and senior Janata Dal (United) leader Prashant Kishor who said that CAA and the National Register of Citizens (NRC) will not be implemented in Bihar.
“I join my voice with all to thank #Congress leadership for their formal and unequivocal rejection of #CAA_NRC. Both @rahulgandhi & @priyankagandhi deserves special thanks for their efforts on this count," Kishor wrote on Twitter on Sunday.