Opposition CMs’ meet sees fiery Uddhav Thackeray & Sonia Gandhi-Mamata Banerjee bonding


The virtual meeting of opposition chief ministers with Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi Wednesday saw some notable developments, including a fiery and passionate Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray saying he is a “fighter father’s fighter son”.

The meeting, called at Sonia Gandhi’s behest, also showed some new-found bonhomie between the Congress chief and West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee. The meeting was convened to discuss students’ nationwide demand for the postponement of the engineering and medical entrance tests, the JEE and the NEET, scheduled for September, as well other issues like GST compensation from the Centre to the states, and the opposition’s fight against the Narendra Modi government’s privatisation policies.

Apart from Gandhi, Thackeray and Banerjee, the meeting was attended by Jharkhand CM and Jharkhand Mukti Morcha chief Hemant Soren, an ally of the Congress, and Congress’ Amarinder Singh (Punjab), Ashok Gehlot (Rajasthan), Bhupesh Baghel (Chhattisgarh) and V. Narayanasamy (Puducherry).

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