Leaders of 16 opposition parties on Tuesday, lamenting over the prevailing Israel-Hamas war that erupted on October 7, called for an immediate ceasefire in the conflict and appealed to the international community to exert pressure on Israel to end the war.
Communist Party of India Manipur State Council (CPI-MSC), in a release, said that the 10 leaders of the opposition parties met with Palestinian Ambassador Adnan Abu Alhaija at New Delhi on Monday and expressed solidarity with the Palestinians.
A joint memorandum underlining various resolutions was also submitted to the ambassador, it stated.
The opposition party leaders include CPI leader D Raja; veteran congress leader, Mani Shankar Aiyar; CPI (ML) general secretary, Dipankar Bhattacharya; JD (U) Leader KC Tyagi; Samajwadi Party leader, Javed Ali Khan; CPI (M) Polit Bureau member, Nilotpal Basu and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leader, Danish Ali, it mentioned.
The team condemned the indiscriminate bombing of Palestinians in Gaza by Israel and said that it amounts to an attempt at genocide, it mentioned. It also urged for an immediate cessation of all hostilities to prevent further loss of innocent lives and the destruction of properties.
CPI leader D Raja also urged to honour the two-state solution drafted by the UNO in 1967 and further appealed to Israel to withdraw its troops surrounding Gaza and let necessary humanitarian aid for the Palestinian people in Gaza, it added.
The opposition leaders asserted that the only solution to end the Israel-Palestine conflict is for the member states of the United Nations to intensify diplomatic efforts to bring about a peaceful resolution to the conflict, it added.