Rahul Gandhi & Sharad Pawar should join hands to defeat BJP; Congress Working Committee supports suggestion

New Delhi : Congress Working Committee (CWC) member Dinesh Gundu Rao on Friday supported Shiv Sena’s advice that Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar should come together. He also agreed that all opposition parties can be brought together to take on the ruling BJP at the Centre.

Dinesh Gundu Rao, in-charge of the All India Congress Committee for Goa, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, said he was confident that Gandhi and Pawar would be in touch to take the matter forward. Rao has also been a minister in Karnataka. “The alliance between the Congress and the NCP in Maharashtra has been there for more than twenty years, so we have a strong relationship and I am sure they (Gandhi and Pawar) will find some solution,” he said. Rao said, “It is necessary and I am sure that talks will be going on about it. I support Shiv Sena’s point, it is a good suggestion.”

Shiv Sena mouthpiece ‘Saamana’ had said on Thursday that “Rahul Gandhi should join hands with Sharad Pawar to bring all opposition parties together”. The Shiv Sena editorial said, “Sharad Pawar can bring all the opposition parties together, but then the question of leadership arises. If we expect leadership from Congress then the party itself is running without any national president.”

Earlier, leaders of several anti-BJP parties held a meeting at Sharad Pawar’s official residence in Delhi on Tuesday, which is being seen as a united exercise of opposition leaders against the BJP. Leaders of several opposition parties and Left parties including Trinamool Congress, Samajwadi Party, Aam Aadmi Party and Rashtriya Lok Dal had gathered at Sharad Pawar’s residence.

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