Today, senior Congress leaders, including party President Rahul Gandhi with his mother, UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, and ex-Prime Minister Manmohan Singh meets a group of diplomats from G20 Nations and neighboring countries to share its vision and plans that it has drafted for the forthcoming Lok Sabha Elections.
After the meet, a senior Congress leader Anand Sharma said that “we had a very meaningful meeting and discussed issues of mutual concern… We are united in the fight against terrorism.”
Mr. Gandhi had indicated that it would be a frank and free discussion on several issues, which they are concerned about. One was expected to be the February 14’s terror attack in J&K’s Pulwama district and subsequent politics surrounding it.
Last month, after the deadly Pulwama terror attack, Congress had to cancel a pre-planned lunch with G20 diplomats. The grand old party had also canceled all its official programmes to show respect to the 40 CRPF jawans death, who lost their lives when a JeM suicide bomber drove an explosive vehicle into a convoy of CRPF (Central Reserve Police Force).
Mr. Sharma claims, “The BJP and the government must understand that the Congress has been at the forefront of fighting terrorism… they don’t need to reach our patriotism.”
Most of the G20 diplomats, including one from the United States, has said that it was a good meet. The Dean of Diplomatic Services said that “we hope they will do this meeting for other diplomatic countries too.”
While arranging meets between visiting diplomats and opposition leaders have been a tradition, earlier the opposition leader has complained that the NDA government has often skipped this protocol.
But after the deadly terror attack in Pulwama, the government has been on a major diplomatic meet to isolate Pakistan from the international community.
G20 is the international financial forum of the European Union and 19 nations.