“We are looking forward to the meeting”.
Sena spokesperson Sanjay Raut was more scathing as he said on Monday, “The positive mood that was there for this government 14 months ago exists no more”. “We believe that the nation needs a strong opposition party”, he said, adding with a sense a sarcasm that the Congress play opposition politics for some years now.
While hailing Prime Minister Narendra Modi for calling the NDA meeting, the Shiv Sena on Monday said leaders of the allies in the front – Shiv Sena supremo Uddhav Thackeray and Shiromani Akali Dal veteran Prakash Singh Badal – should also be invited to such meetings.
In its characteristic style, the Shiv Sena pulled up the BJP for remembering allies only during a crisis.
Akali Dal’s Naresh Gujaral said, “It is a welcome move”.
The Prime Minister reportedly asked BJP president Amit Shah to look into the demands of allies like the Sena and Upendra Kushwaha from Bihar, who had also openly complained that NDA partners had been neglected.
This meeting comes a day after the BJP top brass met at the PM’s residence to discuss the party’s strategy ahead of the monsoon session of Parliament. READ ALSO: BJP advices Shiv Sena to change their perception of Pakistan The monsoon session, which begins on July 21, is expected to witness aggression from the Opposition over range of issues including the Lalit Modi and Vyapam controversies.
While the BJP-led NDA commands a sizeable majority in the Lok Sabha, it lacks numbers in the Rajya Sabha where opposition holds the key to passage of important legislations, including Goods and Services Tax and Land bill.