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Rahul Gandhi hosts breakfast for opposition leaders to discuss parliament strategy

New Delhi: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi hosted opposition leaders for a breakfast meeting today morning and discussed the strategy to take on the BJP-led government in the remaining part of the monsoon session of parliament on issues being raised by opposition including alleged surveillance through Pegasus spyware.

Sources said that leaders of around 14 Opposition parties have been invited to the meeting at the Constitution Club. The Congress MPs in the two Houses were present.

Opposition parties have been forcing adjournments in the two Houses of Parliament on their demands which include a probe into the surveillance allegations.

The parliament session began on July 19 and is slated to conclude on August 13. The leaders will deliberate on ways to increase pressure on the government over the issues being raised by them.

Leaders from nearly 14 parties including the Left parties, RJD, Samajwadi Party, BSP, TMC, DMK, NCP, Shiv Sena, Aam Aadmi Party, Muslim League and National Conference were present.

The opposition leaders in both Houses also attended.

Sources said the Left parties organised mock parliament as a way of registering protest against the government. However, all opposition parties agreed on this proposal after their discussion at the meeting.

The number of parties that came for the breakfast meeting keenly watched. The opposition parties have been seeking a court-monitored probe in allegations concerning surveillance through Pegasus spyware. The government has denied opposition allegations.

Opposition parties had met last week to put forth their demands on the issue. Rahul Gandhi was also present and the opposition leaders later jointly addressed the media.

Rahul Gandhi has been active on the Pegasus issue and breakfast politics is also being seen as an exercise by the Congress leader to emerge as the face of the opposition.

Last week, Rahul Gandhi caused a surprise by reaching Parliament on a tractor in support of the farmers` demand for repeal of three farm laws.