At Sonia Gandhi's Dinner For Friends From 19 Parties, A Swipe At BJP

New Delhi:  Leaders of 19 parties made it to the dinner hosted by Sonia Gandhi that was seen to be aimed at consolidating opposition unity in parliament and beyond, particularly the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Rahul Gandhi, the Congress president called the dinner “an opportunity” for leaders to “meet and bond”.

“Much political talk but much more important – tremendous positive energy, warmth and genuine affection,” he tweeted.

The interaction is the second during parliament’s budget session that has seen a united opposition disrupting proceedings non-stop for a week. The last one had 17 parties; Bahujan Samaj Party’s Satish Chandra Misra and former BJP ally in Bihar Jiten Ram Manjhi, were key additions to this get together.

Sonia Gandhi, who is chairperson of the Congress-led national alliance UPA, had last month urged parties to set aside minor differences to get together in “the larger interest of keeping the BJP out of power,” stating that she will work…

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