New Delhi, June 19 : Congress leader Gaurav Gogoi said on Wednesday that his party will not attend the all-party meeting called by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss the ‘one nation, one election’ proposal.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be holding an all-party meet with the key opposition parties of the country on Wednesday to discuss the idea of holding simultaneous elections. The Opposition, which is undecided on the topic of simultaneous elections, will be meeting in the morning before the all-party gathering in the evening.
The ‘One Nation, One Poll’, which was part of BJP’s 2019 manifesto, has made the Opposition weary about the prospects.
On the other hand, Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee, who is the chief of Trinamool Congress, Telangana CM K Chandrasekhar Rao who heads the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) and DMK chief MK Stalin will be skipping the Modi all-party meet in the Capital on Thursday evening. Former NDA ally and Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief Chandrababu Naidu will also skip the meeting.
Gogoi, MP, told the media in Parliament: “As far as I know, our party is not attending the meeting.”
Modi and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi on Sunday invited Presidents of all political parties with representation in Parliament on June 19 and members from both Houses on June 20 to interact and exchange views with the government.
Besides the Congress, leaders of many other opposition parties are also likely to skip the meeting called by Modi.
These include DMK President M.K. Stalin, Telugu Desam Party chief N. Chandrababu Naidu, Nationalist Congress Party leader Sharad Pawar and Trinamool Congress chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
CPM General Secretary Sitaram Yechury will attend the meeting called by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Parliament today. The PM will chair a meeting of heads of various political parties in both the Houses of Parliament.
D Jayakumar, AIADMK MLA and Tamil Nadu Minister said, “One Nation One Election’ is an issue which needs to be discussed in detail. There are various ramifications of this decision. AIADMK will make its decision vocal in meeting in Delhi today.”
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to also not attend meeting called by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Parliament today. Raghav Chadha to represent AAP.