All secular parties should unite against BJP: Sharad Pawar

The development in UP, meanwhile, evoked mixed reactions in the state.

By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Published:March 20, 2017 3:26 am
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Expressing concern over the BJP’s decision to appoint Yogi Adityanath as the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, NCP president Sharad Pawar said Sunday he was “worried about the people of UP”. “There is possibility of the real development agenda taking a backseat with mandir-masjid politics taking centre stage,” he said. Pawar said, “Communal politics will get precedence over development politics. UP is a big state, it required a leader who would take the development agenda ahead.”

Urging all like-minded “secular parties” to join hands, he said, “The BJP’s mandate in UP calls for a unity within secular parties. All other parties need to do introspection about their shortcomings and provide an alternative to the BJP.” Stating that he had held no such discussion with anybody till now, Pawar indicated that any proposal coming his way to be part of such an alliance would be reciprocated.

The development in UP, meanwhile, evoked mixed reactions in the state.

The Shiv Sena welcomed the appointment of Adityanath. Sena MP Sanjay Raut said, “Now the BJP should be able to construct the Ram temple in Ayodhya. We welcome Adityanath’s appointment.” Reacting to the appointment of two deputy CMs, Raut said, “BJP had dismissed the demand for a deputy CM in Maharashtra. But it works for them in UP.” The Congress was critical of the BJP’s choice. “The Congress has always been against communal politics,” said a senior party leader who did not wish to be named.

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  1. I
    Mar 20, 2017 at 12:49 am
    By saying this jihadi sharad pawar means is all anti Hindu jihadi parties should come together and destroy Hinduism and convert India into another stan. Such people don't deserve dignity or even life
  2. I
    Mar 20, 2017 at 1:35 am
    He has turned our Hindu Maratha people against other Hindus. Very cunning and evil person, sharad pawar
  3. I
    Mar 20, 2017 at 12:48 am
    Most corrupt jihadi terrorist of Maharashtra, ugly looking sharad pawar. He goes to Muslim areas in Mumbai and incites Muslims that ishrat jaha was innocent and not musselman terrorist. He overlived his life,.
  4. I
    Mar 20, 2017 at 2:30 am
    Sharad pawar- gaddar traitor Hindu, murderer of my nation, hope he dies most painful death. I mean it from bottom of my heart
  5. I
    IML sood
    Mar 20, 2017 at 2:16 am
    Pawar is like an old rusted discarded gun not for any use. Will anyone give him credit, hardly possible.
  6. M
    Mar 20, 2017 at 3:06 am
    Who is stopping the sickularists coming together?lt;br/gt;Get together so it becomes economical to give just one k i c k and out the door!
  7. D
    Mar 20, 2017 at 12:23 am
    Sharad Pawar should start planning for his post death karma. He is really messed up Indian farmers and teamed up with people like Dawood
  8. C
    Mar 20, 2017 at 1:03 am
    What Sharad Pawar is saying is that Hindus should not be Hindus. They need to be self-loathing and Secular only. Will it work?
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