Sonia writes to opposition leaders, calls for meeting of various non-NDA parties on May 23

NEW DELHI: In what could be seen as efforts by the Congress to prevent the BJP-led NDA from coming to power after the Lok Sabha elections, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi has called a meeting of all opposition parties on May 23, the day of the counting of votes for the Parliamentary polls.

Sources said that Mrs Gandhi had written to leaders of various opposition parties for a meeting in Delhi on May 23. The letter by Mrs Gandhi to various opposition parties is being seen as a part of efforts by the Congress to forge a post-poll alliance of various non-NDA parties to prevent the BJP from coming to power in the centre.

Sources said Mrs Gandhi has written to DMK chief M K Stalin, Janata Dal (Secular) leader HD Deve Gowda, NCP leader Sharad Pawar, BSP chief Mayawati and SP chief Akhilesh Yadav for a meeting on May 23. They said that efforts are on to invite TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu, TRS chief K Chandrasekhar Rao, BJD chief Naveen Patnaik and YSR Congress’ Jaganmohan Reddy for post-poll alliance talks. (AGENCIES)