Rahil Nora Chopra : Ahmed Patel, who used to coordinate the Congress’s interaction with other opposition parties, is no more. It seems that Gandhi’s have decided to carry out the task themselves. At least two opposition leaders said they are now engaging directly with Sonia and Rahul Gandhi. The Congress and many opposition parties had come out with a joint statement earlier, declaring their support for December 8 Bharat Bandh called by farmers unions. According to one opposition leader, they initially did not know who to reach out to in the Congress but Rahul responded swiftly and the joint statement was issued.