By Rahil Nora Chopra : Congress president Sonia Gandhi has been talking to Opposition leaders to convene a meeting and formulate a joint Opposition strategy in the budget session of Parliament over Centre’s new farm laws and the daily hike in the prices of petrol and diesel. The party has also decided to bring like-minded opposition parties on one platform to discuss the farm laws before the start of the budget session of the Parliament. Congress leader Jairam Ramesh is coordinating with the opposition leaders. Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said on Thursday that a total of 16 Opposition parties have announced a boycott of the President’s address in solidarity with the farmers protesting the new farm laws Besides Congress, the 15 other parties are NCP, SHIV SENA, AITC, DMK, JKNC, SP, RJD, CPI(M), CPI, IUML, RSP, PDP, MDMK, KERALA CONGRESS and AIUDF. Surprisingly, the JMM, Congress’s ally in Jharkhand which had been demanding repeal of the farm laws, wasn’t part of this merry band of opposition parties. The JMM has one Rajya Sabha member, party founder Shibu Soren. Congress party wants to corner Modi government in both houses of Parliament over the array issues raised by the protesting farmers.