Sitaram Yechury, Sharad Yadav call for unity of opposition parties

Maintaining that farmers, youths and traders are upset with the BJP-led government, Sharad Yadav said that challenges before the opposition parties today are bigger than what JP had faced in the 1970s.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: October 12, 2017 3:26 am
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Opposition parties should come together to fight multiple challenges Indian democracy faces today, and if complete unity is not possible, they should “march separately and strike together”, CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury and JD(U) rebel leader Sharad Yadav said on Wednesday. They were speaking at an event to mark the birth anniversary of Jayaprakash Narayan, who had played a pivotal role in uniting the Opposition against Indira Gandhi’s Congress.

Pointing out that the three values JP stood for — freedom, democracy and development — are facing serious threats today, Yechury said, “The threats against these values are similar to what we had seen during the Emergency. If JP was alive (today), he would have made us sit together.” Yechury said even if there are differences between parties, they should adopt the approach to “march separately, strike together”.

Maintaining that farmers, youths and traders are upset with the BJP-led government, Sharad Yadav said that challenges before the opposition parties today are bigger than what JP had faced in the 1970s.

Shanti Bhushan, senior lawyer and Law Minister in the Morarji Desai government, said that JP had formed a party to defeat anti-democratic forces. “Again, dark clouds are looming over democracy, because a leader thinks that our problems can be resolved through his speeches…. 2019 will decided the future of democracy in this country,” he said, urging for opposition unity.

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    seshadri
    Oct 12, 2017 at 1:28 pm
    IT DOES NOT MAKE ANY DIFFERENCE BECAUSE ALL POLITICAL PARTIES WANTS TO MAKE MONEY BY HOOK OR CROOK, WHO IS BOTHERED FOR THE PUBLIC WELFARE AND POOR FARMERS
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      module
      Oct 12, 2017 at 10:07 am
      Nitish already enjoying with BJP as a CM, what you can do sharadji. That days gone, new generation wants internet, quick promotion and money without any hardship. They are not fool, will walk miles after miles, to convince public. Latest is roadshow with garland and speedy vehicles. Public wants flowers and fruits, but no one is interested to put water in roots. Because roots in unseen and main cause. Please try to the know or understand the ground reality and apply some insect killer, fertilizers and water, then you may gets result. If you can't do that, better buy directly from the market with high prices like BJP and RSS, because they have huge funds.
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      1. Sankaran Krishnan
        Oct 12, 2017 at 8:02 am
        Both are the failed leaders in their own Political Parties and people refused to trust and believe these grumbling and selfish leaders and now become an Jalra to the corrupt Congress Party and thus lost their individuality and it seems they are bought by the corrupt Congress because they are the ones who had fought against the UPA Govt. policies and everyone still knows very well how they stopped Nuclear Deal and said at different times that both BJP and Congress are one and the same while in Govt. and now what happened to that statement - they swallowed ???
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          Pulimurugan
          Oct 12, 2017 at 6:33 am
          Does anyone know him in India, except by few in Bihar and Delhi ? And Yetchury, he is most hated leader for CPM in Kerala, where there is a real presence of party. Soon, they will praise Emergency for their 'leader' Rahul to join !!!
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