Former Congress leader Kapil Sibal said the presence of a significant number of opposition leaders at the oath-taking ceremony of Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah requires much more than optics of this nature.
Sibal said that he thinks meeting of minds, a common agenda, sacrificing partisan interests are necessary for effective opposition unity.
“Siddaramaiah Swearing in Ceremony: Is this sign of Opposition Unity with significant number of leaders present? My view: Opposition Unity requires much more than optics of this nature, meeting of minds, a common agenda and sacrificing partisan interests,” Sibal tweeted.
Siddaramaiah Swearing in Ceremony :
Is this sign of Opposition Unity with significant number of leaders present ?
My view :
Opposition Unity requires much more than optics of this nature
Requires meeting of minds
A common agenda
Sacrificing partisan interests
— Kapil Sibal (@KapilSibal) May 21, 2023
Several prominent opposition leaders and Chief Ministers of Congress-ruled states attended the swearing-in ceremony of Siddaramaiah as Chief Minister and D K Shivakumar as the Deputy Chief Minister in Bengaluru on Saturday as the grand old party seeks to promote opposition unity ahead of next year’s Lok Sabha elections.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin, Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav, NCP President Sharad Pawar, National Conference supremo Farooq Abdullah, PDP chief Mahbooba Mufti, actor-politician Kamal Haasan, CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury and CPI General Secretary D Raja among others attended the event.
While Trinamool Congress chief and West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee could not attend the event, her party was represented by Lok Sabha MP Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar.
The Congress, however, did not invite Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, Telangana CM K Chandrashekar Rao, Andhra Pradesh CM Jagan Mohan Reddy, Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik, besides Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati for the swearing-in event in Bengaluru.
However, the BJP said that the opposition unity is nothing but a myth.