- Mamata Banerjee said last week that she would not attend the meeting
- Mayawati will also miss the meeting, it said
- The meeting takes place against the backdrop of student protests and citizenship law
The opposition parties will meet this afternoon to discuss the current political situation against the backdrop of student protests and the controversial Citizenship Act and the NRC Citizenship List. The meeting, which is expected to signal opposition unity, will not be attended by Bengali Prime Minister Mamata Banerjee and Bahujan Samajwadi Party leader Mayawati.
Mamata Banerjee, angered by the clashes between left-wing workers and her Trinamool Congress during the union strike last week, has stated that she will not be attending the opposition meeting. She underlined that she was thinking about the idea of the meeting. "She said:" What happened in the state yesterday – I am no longer able to attend the meeting. "
"I was the first one andolan (Movement) against CAA, NRC, "she said." What the left and Congress are doing on behalf of the CAA-NRC is not movement, but vandalism. "
Mayawati, furious about Congress after all six of her party’s MLAS in Rajasthan joined the government’s Congress last September, gave the episode her reason for not attending the opposition meeting.
"In such a situation, the participation of the BSP in the opposition talk led by Congress will demoralize the party workers in Rajasthan. Therefore, the BSP will not attend this meeting," Mayawati tweeted in Hindi this morning.
Mayawati had also attacked Congress's Sonia Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra in the past few days because a baby had died in a hospital in Rajasthan Kota. She said if the "Secretary General of Congress" did not visit Kota to meet the mothers who lost their children, their meetings with families of victims in Uttar Pradesh would be considered for "political interest and drama".
On Saturday, Congresswoman Sonia Gandhi called the Citizenship Law a "discriminatory and divisive" law whose "uncanny" purpose was to divide people on a religious basis. "The CAA is a discriminatory and divisive law. The sinister purpose of the law is clear to every patriotic, tolerant, and secular Indian: it is to divide the Indian people from a religious perspective," she said at a meeting of the Congress Working Committee, or CWC – that supreme decision-making body of the party – in Delhi. The party called for the immediate withdrawal of the CAA and the termination of the NPR process.
The occasional opposition protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act and the Citizenship Act have been replaced by consolidated student protests on the subject since police took action against the students of Delhi's prestigious Jamia Millia Islamia last month. Protests broke out in universities across the country, and civil society and political parties had joined.
The BJP has repeatedly accused Congress of manipulating the acts of violence that took place during some protests.
Several prime ministers, including Mamata Banerjee and those in Congress-ruled states, have stated that they would not allow the CAA or NRC in their states.