New Delhi, May 16: In an effort to gather opposition parties, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi has written to DMK chief MK Stalin for a meeting on May 23 when the results for the 2019 Lok Sabha Polls will be declared.
Sonia Gandhi, who remained chairperson of the UPA after handing charge of the Congress to son Rahul Gandhi in 2017, has taken the lead in opposition consolidation efforts to prep for the possibility of a less than decisive verdict.
She has also written to the Janata Dal (Secular), Sharad Pawar's NCP and the Uttar Pradesh opposition alliance partners, Mayawati and Akhilesh Yadav, sources told NDTV.
So far in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, Sonia Gandhi has kept a low profile as her children Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi have aggressively campaigned against BJP.
However, as the day of the results draws near, the party is aware that it needs every possible ally on board; still many remain distant or even cold towards the Congress.
N Chandrababu Naidu and Sharad Pawar are likely to attend the May 23 opposition meeting. Reportedly, the Congress has also reached out to K Telangana Rashtra Samithi's Chandrashekar Rao, BJD's Naveen Patnaik and YSR Congress' Jaganmohan Reddy.
Sources told NDTV that Congress does not want a repeat of Goa, where despite emerging as the largest party, it could not form a government. The BJP, with its alliance took power along with smaller parties and other independents.
Congress doesn't want to waste anytime on May 23, the reason it wants the opposition forces in Delhi so that everyone can be prepared.
But Mamata Banerjee, Mayawati and her ally Samajwadi Party leader Akhilesh Yadav, the key oposition leaders are likely to skip the meet.
Sources have told NDTV that Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu was told by Mamata Banerjee that there was no need for any such meeting before the results were out.
Both Mamata Banerjee and Mayawati are seen to be in the race for the PM post. But leaders like MK Stalin have endorsed Congress chief Rahul Gandhi's name.
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