Sonia Gandhi likely to call a meeting of oppn leaders as a show of strength

New Delhi: Several opposition leaders, chief ministers of West Bengal, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Jharkhand, and Congress-ruled states are likely to attend a virtual meeting convened by Congress president Sonia Gandhi on August 20, sources said. Sonia Gandhi has sent invites to leaders of like-minded parties in a bid to forge unity and a joint opposition strategy on pressing issues before the country.

The opposition parties are trying to put up a united face in its fight against the BJP and Narendra Modi government at the Centre over several issues, including the Pegasus snooping row and farmers’ agitation. Opposition unity was witnessed during the recent Monsoon Session of Parliament where several leaders held meetings which were also attended by Congress leader Rahul Gandhi.

Sources said West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee received the invite and so has Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and NCP chief Sharad Pawar. Sena leader Sanjay Raut told .

(With agencies inputs)