Sonia Gandhi calls for non-NDA parties meet on 23 May

In a bid to keep the saffron party out of power, UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi is convening a meeting of leaders of non-NDA parties on May 23, the day of counting votes in the Lok Sabha elections.

Gandhi is said to have urged leaders of NCP chairman Sharad Pawar, DMK chief M K Stalin, RJD, and TMC to meet on May 23.

There were reports that Rao and YSRCP Congress chief Jagan Mohan Reddy were also invited, but there was no confirmation.

Congress party senior leader Ghulam Nabi Azad has already stated that Congress isn’t interested in the post of the Prime Minister, so it shouldn’t get in the way.

According to sources, a group of four congress members has been created to coordinate on the problem. The group, consisting of senior Congress politicians Ahmed Patel, Chidambaram, Ghulam Nabi Azad, and Ashok Gehlot, is said to be collaborating on ways to patch a post-poll coalition of like-minded sides, the media said.

It’s being said that the group of four is trying to sway even fence sitters as they see a change in the tone of leaders like Telangana’s chief minister, K. Chandrashekar Rao.

Recently, Rao encountered with Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and DMK Chief M K Stalin as part of his attempts to create a third-front.