NEW DELHI: In the first major attempt post the recent round of assembly elections to bring opposition parties together, NCP patriarch Sharad Pawar and BJP veteran- turned-TMC- leader Yashwant Sinha have called a meeting of political leaders from the anti-BJP spectrum for a discussion on the political situation in the country on Tuesday.
Here is a look at some of the details surrounding the scheduled meeting -
The meeting will be attended by the National Conference leader and former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir Farooq Abdullah, TMC leader Yashwant Sinha, Sanjay Singh from AAP and D Raja from CPI. Sanjay Jha, Pawan Verma and Sudheendra Kulkarni will also be present in the meeting. Economists and public figures have been invited to the discussion as well. Besides politicians, eminent people from various fields such as senior advocate KTS Tulsi, former chief election commissioner SY Qureshi, former ambassador KC Singh, lyricist Javed Akhtar, film-maker Pritish Nandy, advocate Colin Gonsalves, filmmaker Pritish Nandi and media personalities Karan Thapar and Ashutosh will attend Tuesday's meeting. On Monday, NCP chief Sharad Pawar met political strategist Prashant Kishor at his residence in Mumbai and discussed ways to forge a Third Front. Kishor, who was instrumental in the Trinamool Congress' victory in the recent West Bengal assembly election, had a meeting with Pawar on June 11. There will no representation from Congress in the meeting. Congress sources said the party had not been approached about the proposed meeting. However, as per sources, three invitations were sent out to G-23 members — Kapil Sibal, Vivek Tankha and Manish Tiwari. While two of the invitees said they are not attending and one of them is not in the capital.
(With inputs from agencies)