Calling upon the party's state leaders and cadres to work together with unity, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Saturday said the party would win the assembly election in the state due in April-May 2018.
On Friday, the NCP stayed away, miffed that the Congress suspected it of not voting in favour of Ahmed Patel in the high-voltage dramatic Gujarat Rajya Sabha vote last week. Nitish Kumar's JD (U) has already jumped ship and moved to the NDA. The Chief Minister wondered how a party without even a single elected representative could think of forming a government. "Wherever we have our governments, we stand by the farmers who make the country proud by toiling in their fields", he said in his Hindi speech.
In recent months, as the tension in Maharashtra between the BJP and its junior partner, the Shiv Sena, has swollen, there has been talk of Mr Pawar back-channelling offers of help, suggesting that he could fill in if the Sena yes exits the government.
Congress members have accused the NCP of not backing Ahmed Patel for in the Gujarat Rajya Sabha polls.
Leaders of 16 opposition parties, including Trinamool Congress Chief Mamata Banerjee, Yechury, National Conference leader Omar Abdullah, RJD's JPN Yadav, CPI's D Raja, SP's Naresh Agarwal, RLD's Ajit Singh among others met here to chalk out the joint opposition programme for the next three months.
Yechury also walked out of the meeting saying the CPI (M) has chose to launch an independent peoples' struggle on twin issues of agrarian crisis and unemployment to build a popular alternative narrative to the propaganda unleashed bu the Modi-led BJP.
Yadav had come out against Kumar's decision to ally with the BJP. On the 27th, most of its A-listers are to attend a rally in Patna called by Lalu Yadav to attack PM Modi and his policies. These MLAs, along with Shankersinh Vaghela, were removed from the party for six years on Wednesday, a day after the Rajya Sabha elections on August 8.