Key Opposition Meet today; to lay roadmap to General Elections

New Delhi, New24 Bureau, Dec 10: Do they stand United? Well, this may be decided today as it is the day of the key Opposition meet today. A day before the results of the polls in the five states are declared, the opposition will be holding a meeting to discuss a grand alliance for next year's general elections.

Reports suggest that Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal will attend his first meeting with opposition leaders in Chandrababu Naidu's big push for a grand alliance for 2019 today. Many odds are becoming even now. Andhra Pradesh chief minister Chandrababu Naidu, who has taken up the challenging task of bringing the parties on the same page to take on the BJP next year, has recently ended his long-standing rivalry with the Congress

The Mahagathband is expected to gain a major impetus if the assembly results on Tuesday swing in favour of Congress. This will also push Congress President Rahul Gandhi as an accepted face of the Mahagathbandhan.

The meeting will be held in Delhi and has been called by Chandrababu Naidu, who has taken on the task of bringing the disparate opposition parties under a single umbrella to take on the BJP in 2019.

Mayawati, who has a large following among the Scheduled Castes -- especially in Uttar Pradesh -- is likely to give the meeting a miss as she is unhappy after seat-sharing talks for Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh failed.
Talks of a broad opposition alliance have been on since the oath ceremony of HD Kumaraswamy in May. With the new chief minister of Karnataka inviting all leaders, the occasion had doubled up as the first unofficial meet for Grand Alliance. The huge reverses of the BJP in a string of by-elections in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar in March had given weight to the idea.

Meanwhile, RLSP chief Upendra Kushwaha, who may quit the NDA told ANI that he will not participate in the meeting of NDA allies, which is also scheduled today.