Left, Janata Dal (United) to skip Opposition meet called by Rahul Gandhi

Nitish Kumar�s JD(U) and the CPI(M) have decided to stay away from the much-hyped opposition meet against the government in New Delhi on Tuesday.

Left, Janata Dal (United) to skip Opposition meet called by Rahul Gandhi

The Janata Dal (United) and the CPI(M) have decided to keep away from the Opposition meet called by Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi in New Delhi on Tuesday.

In its attempts to hold the Opposition together, the Congress had planned the united front against the government with 16 parties coming together. Though the JD (U) and CPI (M) had earlier supported the Congress in Parliament’s winter session, they have decided to keep off.

CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury said, “All 16 opposition parties will not be there...Things are not planned properly.” He said Lalu Prasad’s Rashtriya Janata Dal and Sharad Pawar’s Nationalist Congress Party have “similar reservations”.

JD (U) leader KC Tyagi said, "16 opposition parties including the JDU were together in Parliament. Now, tomorrow's meet is of leaders of various political parties and not of parliamentary party leaders. Therefore, a common minimum agenda should have been cleared."

Tyagi said his party is not sure about the real spirit behind this move (meeting against demonetisation). “We have not received a common agenda, which is a minimum requirement for an Opposition meet," he said.

The divide in the Opposition camp appeared to be a jolt for the Congress, which was hoping for an endorsement of party vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s allegations of corruption levelled against Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The Trinamool Congress, the RJD, the DMK and the NCP will be joining hands with the Congress for now but key stakeholders the Samajwadi Party, the Bahujan Samaj Party and the JD (U) are unlikely to attend.