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Rahul-Modi meet breaks Opposition unity

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Cracks have developed within the Opposition over a Congress delegation meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi separately on Friday. Miffed with the development, several non-Congress Opposition parties boycotted the march to Rashtrapati Bhavan today.

A delegation of Congress led by party vice-president Rahul Gandhi called on the Prime Minister before the last day of Parliament started business. They apprised Modi of the hardships being faced by the farmers. Among other demands, they requested him to increase the minimum support price (MSP) of crops.

Rahul was accompanied by Mallikarjun Kharge, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Jyotiraditya Scindia, Capt Amarinder Singh and Anand Sharma among others.

The other Opposition parties such as Samajwadi Party, Bahujan Samajwadi Party, Nationalist Congress Party, DMK and the Left have taken strong exception to the Congress delegation’s separate meeting with the Prime Minister. They boycotted the Opposition’s meeting with President Pranab Mukherjee over disruptions in Parliament.

Sources said Ghulam Nabi Azad and CPM leader Sitaram Yechury tried hard to persuade the sulking leaders of these Opposition parties. However, leaders of these parties could not be mollified. The Congress leaders went and met Mukherjee without the representation of several Opposition parties.

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