Major opposition parties, led by the Congress, came together on Friday on a common platform and chose to contest the upcoming Presidential Election if the government does not come up with a consensus candidate - but the absence of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar set off speculation about possible political realignment, more so after the recent Income Tax raids on the properties of Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad's kin.
Nitish sent party leaders Sharad Yadav and K C Tyagi for the crucial meeting with Sonia Gandhi, which coincided with the completion of three years of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government led by PM Modi.
A joint Opposition candidate for President to take on the ruling BJP's nominee was high on the agenda at the two-hour lunch.
On the Bihar CM not attending Friday's Opposition meet, Alok said, "The Congress President had called the meeting at Nitish's behest".
Memorial Day motorists, be advised
Gundy said his No. 1 tip for drivers, whether you are heading out of town for the weekend or not, is to check your spare tire. The Missouri State Highway Patrol reminds the public to make safety a priority during the Memorial Day holiday weekend.
Banerjee said there was no harm in discussing a candidate with the government if it comes out with a name and referred to the 2002 Presidential election when the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee had floated A P J Abdul Kalam's name and a consensus was evolved around it. "Anybody can talk to anybody", Mamata Banerjee said, adding that no names were discussed at Sonia Gandhi's lunch party. Besides, political observers found a new political inclination of Nitish as he remained mum on the BJP allegations of benami properties acquired by RJD chief Lalu Prasad's family. If Modi fails to do so, the Opposition will then have a valid reason to force a contest in the presidential election. A small committee of Opposition leaders, she said, would decide on their candidate if it came to an election.
Significantly, even leaders of parties who are rivals on the electoral battlefield shared space on Friday: the Samajwadi Party's Akhilesh Yadav and the Bahujan Samaj Party's Mayawati were there, as were West Bengal CM Mamata Bannerjee and the CPI (M)'s Sitaram Yechury.
Bihar Chief Minister Kumar has also mooted a second term for incumbent Pranab Mukherjee and suggested that the ruling BJP try and build consensus on him.
Nitish Kumar's Janata Dal (United) fought the last assembly polls by forging an alliance with Lalu Prasad Yadav-led Rashtriya Janata Dal and the Congress.
Lalu said the Modi government has failed on all fronts. "The Opposition parties also expressed concern over the prevailing grave situation in Jammu and Kashmir", the statement also said.
Both sides are wary of being accused of resisting Trump's peace efforts or being cast as obstructing the resumption of talks. What President Trump failed to say was "two-state solution" referring to a future, independent Palestinian state.
The finance chiefs did agree that while global growth was gaining momentum, it remains moderate with risks tilted to the downside. Instead of trade, the talks - held in a 12th-century Norman castle - focused on economic growth and inclusion.
The act was being widely denounced online. "It didn't really register", he told reporters after the summit . NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg displayed a chart showing how the burden sharing has improved.
Friday , there is a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1 p.m., with a high near 80, the weather service said. On Monday, Memorial Day , there will be mostly sunny skies with a high near 77, the weather service said.
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What we saw in this visit is a feeling that "it behooves them to welcome [Trump] and to make him feel happy". Netanyahu had ferociously opposed the Iran deal, claiming it posed an existential threat to Israel .
At Jones Beach, waves pounded the shoreline and winds howled as the anemometer measured the speed at 28 miles per hour Thursday . The National Weather Service in Pueblo predicted highs of 79 degrees Thursday , 72 degrees Friday and 63 degrees Saturday .
At the end of this holy month, Muslims in all over the world celebrate Eid which is a gift of Allah after the month of fasting. The blessing of Ramadan will continue until the end of June, Muslims will try to be blessed by Allah in the Holy month.
Immigration arrests since the beginning of the year have risen nearly 40% nationwide compared to the same period in 2016. Immigrant advocates have decried numerous arrests, especially those of immigrants without criminal histories.
United was the clear victor , the players imposing themselves as much through their physicality as their superior game management. Qualification for the Champions League ensures United do not suffer a £23 million penalty clause in their Adidas contract.
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