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After Trinamul, BSP to skip Opposition meeting on CAA

AAP also likely to not attend the meeting
BSP president Mayawati said her party is against the CAA and the National Register of Citizens (NRC) but attending the meeting will demoralise BSP workers in Rajasthan, where the Congress has caused defections in her party.

The Telegraph And PTI   |   Lucknow   |   Published 13.01.20, 05:37 AM

A few days after West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee announced her intention to boycott the Opposition meeting on Citizenship (Amendment) Act, Aam Aadmi Party and BSP supremo have also said they won't be attending the meeting.

Sources in AAP said that the party was likely to skip the meeting of Opposition parties called by the Congress to discuss the situation arising out of violence on various university campuses and protests over the amended citizenship law.

The AAP is not attending the meeting in view of the upcoming Assembly polls in Delhi, they said.

BSP president Mayawati on Monday also said her party will not attend the Congress-led Opposition meeting, saying it will 'demoralise' her party workers.

In a series of tweets, the former Uttar Pradesh chief minister said her party is against the CAA and the National Register of Citizens (NRC) but attending the meeting will demoralise BSP workers in Rajasthan, where the Congress has caused defections in her party.

'As is well known that despite the BSP support to the Congress-led Rajasthan government from outside, it has been for the second time that BSP MLAs have been made to join their party which is completely wrong' Mayawati said in a tweet in Hindi.

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'Under such circumstances, the BSP attending the opposition meeting today under the leadership of the Congress will be demoralising for party workers in Rajasthan. Therefore, the BSP will not attend this meeting,' she said.

However, she made it clear that the BSP is against the CAA and NRC

'As it is, the BSP is against CAA/ NRC etc. It is an appeal to the central government again that it should withdraw this divisive and unconstitutional law. Also, It is very unfortunate to politicize students in JNU and other educational institutions' she added.

In a move to protest against the violence in West Bengal allegedly carried out by the Left Front and the Congress, chief minister Mamata Banerjee had on January 9 said she will boycott the Opposition meeting convened by Congress president Sonia Gandhi on January 13.

'I have decided to boycott the meeting convened by Sonia Gandhi on January 13 in New Delhi as I don't support the violence that the Left and Congress unleashed in West Bengal yesterday (Wednesday),' the chief minister said at the state Assembly.



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