Rahul Gandhi Meets Sharad Pawar Hours After BJP’s Bypoll Defeat

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New Delhi : Rahul Gandhi met Nationalist Congress Party leader Sharad Pawar last night, hours after the BJP lost two vital parliamentary strongholds in Uttar Pradesh to the combined force of the Samajwadi Party and Mayawati’s BSP.

Sources say the meeting marks the Congress president’s attempts to bring together anti-BJP parties and also explore an alliance to challenge the BJP and Shiv Sena in Maharashtra, in the general election due in 2019. He is also expected to meet Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee when she visits Delhi later this month.

Sharad Pawar’s daughter Supriya Sule was also in yesterday’s meeting, which took place at her home in Delhi.

The leaders took up from where they had left off at the dinner hosted a day before by Rahul Gandhi’s mother Sonia Gandhi, the chairperson of the UPA. Nineteen parties attended the dinner, which was seen as a show of opposition unity.

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