The absence of the NCP, a constituent of the UPA, from the meeting triggered speculations that it is no more in the good books of the Congress, particularly after the Rajya Sabha elections from Gujarat.
"The meeting authorised Congress president Sonia Gandhi to select the members of the small group", Azad added.
"This year this was the fourth meeting of like minded opposition parties". According to a report by The Indian Express, the meeting was called in order to launch a joint campaign against the NDA government on issues such as increasing unemployment, attacks on minorities, agrarian crisis and others.
Giving examples of the Congress-ruled states, Gandhi said Congress governments in Karnataka and Punjab have stood by the farmers in their time of need.
"We are not the B-team of the Congress".
"We also thanked all the MLAs and MPs who voted for them", said Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad.
On Wednesday NCP told Congress that the grand old party must remember this that Congress succeed only because of they helped them, They should not forget this in the future.
Briefing reporters after the meeting, Azad said the parties had raised issues in Parliament in a coordinated manner and floor management has improved.
To bolster its joint parliamentary strategy, the opposition has made a decision to come up with a small group which will coordinate with all the opposition leaders, discuss issues and come up with a plan of what should be raised in the upcoming winter session of Parliament.
The meeting is likely to discuss the opposition rally called by RJD chief Lalu Prasad in Patna on August 27, which will target the newly-formed BJP-JD-U alliance in Bihar under Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.
Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress leader A.K. Antony and CPI leader D. Raja were among those present.
Taking a dig at the Modi government for low employment rate, Gandhi said the government in Karnataka is doing a far better job in this regard.
Comparing the work done by the Congress with the BJP in the state, he said, "We have invested the same amount of money in three months as BJP had in five years".