Sonia Gandhi hosts dinner for 17 Opposition leaders at 10 Janpath

Rahul and Sonia Gandhi with other senior party members

The results make it clear that voters are angry against BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) and they will vote for that non-BJP candidate who is most likely to win. The ruling party lost all 3 Lok Sabha bypolls in Gorakhpur and Phulpur in UP and Araria in Bihar.

Yadav also took a dig at Kumar, who is also the JD (U) chief, saying those who had trampled on the people's mandate and had switched sides have been defeated.

Congress chief spokesperson Surjewala, however, said the dinner was not organised for politics but for amity and friendship among Opposition parties. Hitting out at the Centre, the Congress leader claimed that at a time when the government was not allowing Parliament to function, it was obvious that leaders of various parties, who wanted to raise issues in national interest, would get together to discuss the current political situation.

How fruitful was the dinner diplomacy?

As per the Congress constitution, the party president is empowered to call for ballot to elect half (12) of the new CWC members and nominate the remaining half.

However, according to a Business Standard report, not all of the country's political players were present at the dinner meeting. They are going to invite the congress for discussion. The BJD and TRS rule Odisha and Telangana respectively.

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Congress former president Sonia Gandhi hosted a dinner for Opposition leaders on Tuesday. Former deputy chief minister of Bihar Tejashwi Yadav also attended, calling the dinner a "step forwards towards opposition unity".

Leaders from the Left, South and Bengal also attended. "It seems Sonia and Rahul Gandhi don't believe in democracy".

Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Tejashwi Yadav said the the effort is on to get the opposition united.

After the dinner meeting, Congress President, Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday said that there was positive energy and genuine affection during dinner. After all, political leaders cutting across party lines are all set to possibly put aside their minor differences for the "larger good" - that of mounting a challenge to BJP and its allies. Much political talk but much more important - tremendous positive energy, warmth and genuine affection'. However, all three were represented by senior party leaders. But there were no political talks. The TMC was represented by Lok Sabha MP Sudip Bandopadhyay at the dinner.

All 17 opposition parties have confirmed their attendance for Sonia's dinner.

The BSP has fielded party leader Bhimrao Ambedkar for the March 23 Rajya Sabha elections.

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