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Though the NCP had claimed to have voted in favour of the Congress candidate in Gujarat, the party feels it has reasons to be sceptic since the lone lawmaker of JDU in Gujarat also made the same claim and the number that went in favour of Ahmed Patel does not accommodate both.

The meeting also made a decision to constitute a small coordination committee to discuss future strategy against the BJP-led NDA government.

Meanwhile, with Ahmed Patel emerging victorious in the Gujarat Rajya Sabha polls, the NCP on Wednesday reminded the Congress that this triumph happened due to their help, and the grand old party must remember this in the future.

Gandhi has called a meeting of Opposition leaders today morning in New Delhi to chalk out a strategy against the Narendra Modi-led government.

Janata Dal-United leader Sharad Yadav, on a Bihar visit, has been invited for the meeting.

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"We are not the B-team of the Congress".

"Even after we issued a whip to our MLAs, they voted for the Congress".

"If Congress is attacking NCP, despite the support extended in Gujarat Rajya Sabha polls, we see no point of attending the meeting", he added. The meeting would deliberate on these matters, he said.

"A small coordination committee will be formed of opposition leaders to decide the future programmes", he said. Apart from the Congress brass, TMC, Left, RJD, BSP, SP, DMK, RSP, IUML, JMM, NC, NCP and AIUDF representatives are also expected at the meeting. However, no one from the party turned up to attend the meeting.

This is published unedited from the IANS feed.

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