Mayawati, Tipu may follow Didi, skip key opposition meet

LUCKNOW: Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party are likely to skip the proposed opposition meeting to be held in Delhi between the last phase of polling on May 19 and counting of votes on May 23. 

The meeting, being initiated by Andhra Pradesh CM N Chandrababu Naidu, is tentatively scheduled on May 21, subject to the availability of senior opposition leaders. Naidu had reached out to West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee in Kolkata with the proposal for this meeting. Naidu is believed to have spoken to Congress chief Rahul Gandhi in this regard. 

Reports state that Mamata had expressed her reservation over attending any meeting before the declaration of Lok Sabha election results. Sources said both Mayawati and Akhilesh have also aired similar reservations and are unlikely to attend any such meeting before the results are announced on May 23. 

“SP is of the view that any such meeting of the opposition parties will be constructive only once the picture is clear with regards to who is bringing what to the table,” said a senior SP leader and a key member of Team Akhilesh. He said this was primarily the reason why the SP chief did not attend any such meeting held in Delhi in the run-up to 2019 LS polls. 

Senior BSP leaders said the party’s supremo, Mayawati, maintains that any such meting of opposition parties would be meaningless till there was some clarity on the number of seats that each party would represent in Parliament. 

While Naidu is keen to have all opposition parties on board, including Congress, Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has started building bridges with Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan and DMK chief MK Stalin to push for a non-Congress, non-BJP federal front with regional parties. 
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