The farmer-related issue, increasing communal tension, misuse of investigating agencies, subversion of democratic institutions, attack on opposition leaders, etc were to be discussed.
"Wherever there is Congress party government, you will see them standing with farmers, because we understand that farmers make India strong".
The congress leader was speaking at the state Congress committee's "Samanatha Samavesha" in Raichur to felicitate him for his role in providing special status to the backward Hyderabad-Karnataka region during the UPA rule, by an amendment of Article 371 (J) of the Constitution. "Any party would have done the same", said a senior NCP leader. The Congress, however, said NCP supremo Sharad Pawar had communicated his inability to attend due to ill health.
The opposition leaders of 16 parties authorised Congress chief Sonia Gandhi to form a small group to coordinate with the "like-minded parties" on programmes to be organised during the three months till the winter session of Parliament. "This is the difference between us".
Hailing over BJP and its rule, another saffron party leader Kailash Vijayvargiya stated that other than no other party is capable of ruling the government than them.
NCP leader Praful Patel said even when his party had issued a three-line whip to its MLAs to vote for the Congress, leaders of that party were accusing it of not supporting Ahmed Patel.
"When you (NDA government) waive loans of the country's 10 richest Industrialists, they don't become lazy, but when you waive farmers' loans, they become lazy". Azad said the parties were told to take independent decisions on joining the rally. She has been the longest serving Congress president in the 125-year history of the party after being re-elected for the fourth time in September 2010. The CPI (M) leader also said that the Left had problems over having an electoral alliance with the Congress.
"Farmers know that only Congress can help them and youth in India have understood that Narendra Modi canot provide employment to them". He also recounted how some parties had chickened out of the plan to collectively protest against demonetisations past year.
Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi also expressed his pain and blamed the state's BJP government was responsible for the tragedy.