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Anti-CAA protest: After Mamata, BSP and AAP to stay away from meet convened by Congress

BSP president Mayawati. File

BSP president Mayawati. File  

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Mayawati accuses the Congress of “betrayal” and said the party had “poached” the BSP MLAs in Rajasthan on two occasions

The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Trinamool Congress, and Aam Aadmi Party will not be attending the the Opposition meet convened by the Congress to decide on a joint strategy on the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) and the proposed nationwide National Register of Citizens (NRC).

Shiv Sena, the Congress ally in Maharashtra, has also said it wouldn't take part in the meet.

BSP chief Mayawati accused the Congress of “betrayal” and said the party had “poached” the BSP MLAs in Rajasthan on two occasions despite the BSP providing outside support to it in government formation.

“In such a scenario, the BSP attending the meeting of Opposition parties under the leadership of the Congress would drop the morale of the BSP workers in Rajasthan,” Ms. Mayawati wrote on Twitter on Monday.

The former Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, however, clarified that her party was opposed to the CAA and NRC. “We once again demand the Central government to withdraw this divisive and unconstitutional law,” she said.

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Sources in Shiv Sena told The Hindu that the party will not participate in the Delhi meeting. Sena sources said that they have not received an official invitation for the same. The Shiv Sena voted in favour of the CAA in Lok Sabha, while abstaining in Rajya Sabha.

AAP not to participate

The Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party too will not be taking part in the meet. "The Congress has not informed the party about the meeting," AAP Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh said and added that the party won't be participating in the meeting.

West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee has already announced that she would be giving the meeting a miss.

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