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Secular parties should unite to defeat BJP: Opposition leaders

If the opposition parties cannot march together, then they must strike together, said CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury, underscoring the need for them to keep the aim of defeating the BJP in their mind in case they all cannot come together.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published: October 11, 2017 10:31 pm
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Some key opposition leaders on Wednesday called for unity among “secular” parties to defeat the BJP in the next Lok Sabha polls as they likened the current situation to the Emergency, claiming that democracy is as much under threat now as it was then. JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav and CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury also underlined the need for opposition parties to work towards a maximum possible unity if a “complete unity” was not possible.

“Uniting opposition parties to contest the 2019 Lok Sabha elections will be the biggest tribute to JP (Jayaprakash Narayan),” Yadav said at an event to commemorate Narayan’s 115th birth anniversary. Narayan had united opposition ranks against the Indira Gandhi-led Congress, leading to the rout of her party in the 1977 Lok Sabha polls, held after she lifted the Emergency.

The dangers that existed for the country during the Emergency have again come up and, in fact, the situation is more dire currently, Yechury said, adding that Narayan stood for freedom, democracy and development and all three were under “threat” now.

The time has come for “secular” parties to unite if India has to be “saved”, he said, claiming that all sections of society are angry with the Modi government’s policies.

The main aim of the BJP and its ideological mentor RSS is to turn India into a “Hindu rashtra” and they will resort to dividing the society on communal lines to win in 2019, he said.

If the opposition parties cannot march together, then they must strike together, the CPI(M) leader said, underscoring the need for them to keep the aim of defeating the BJP in their mind in case they all cannot come together.

He noted that his party had disagreed with Narayan in 1977 for giving Jan Sangh “respectability” by inviting it to join the opposition forces.

Yadav defended Narayan’s decision to seek the Jan Sangh’s support, saying the veteran leader believed that people walking towards a common goal should not criticise each other.

“There is no JP now but challenges are bigger now,” he said, seeking unity among opposition parties.

Opposition parties such as the Congress and the Left among others have come together in the past on specific issues against the Modi government but many believe that for them to reach an electoral alliance will not be easy.

Both Yechury and Yadav lashed out at the government over its execution of demonetisation and the GST rollout.

Yadav also agreed with the view of Shanti Bhushan, who was law minister in the Janata Party government formed in 1977, that only a divided opposition was the hope for the BJP to win in the next Lok Sabha polls as different sections of society are upset with it.

This country is ruled by a leader who believes its problems can be solved by good speeches, Bhushan earlier said, in a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Former Supreme Court judge V Gopala Gowda also spoke on the occasion and said demonetisation was in “blatant violation” of the RBI Act.

Rajendra Singh, a well-known water conservationist, spoke against the river inter-linking project. He accused the government of promoting interests of corporates.

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  1. A
    Oct 21, 2017 at 11:40 pm
    Appea t of minorities and dividing vote banks on caste lines is secularism. The communist ideology is extinct. Even people with stature like EMS. Indrajeet Gupta, Somnath Chatterjee are not there with them. Good persons like Achyutanandan are side tracked. Role model China has become capitalist. Time they wind up their party.
    1. R
      Oct 12, 2017 at 12:59 am
      problem with these clowns is in almost all states the fight is between themself, commie vs congies in Kerala, commis vs TC in WB, SP vs BSP in UP, Bihar is gone case for pseudo-seculars, and in places where there is congress, it is congress vs BJP. So any alliance means congress has to give its space to other smaller traitors, and united opposition means firstr trime BJP can get more than 50 percent votes in all states of India! That is going to be the only outcome!heoritically BJP has to win simple majority i.e win hands down just slightly more than half of the seats, means just 26 percentage votes will do. That is how commies ar eruling Kerala, SP/BSP did in UP and RJD in Bihar. none of pseudo-secular parties ever got more than 40 percentage even in hay day sof 2/3 majority to commies in WB.
      1. C
        Oct 11, 2017 at 11:35 pm
        It is during BJP government watch that the Supreme Court banned Hindu's Diwali celebration and insulted Hinduism. BJP's defeat in 2019 is now certain as now Hindus fear that the BJP will permit the firecracker ban to spread all over the country. Voters will not let that happen. There is no need for opposition parties to unite. The downfall of BJP has begun.
        1. H
          Oct 12, 2017 at 12:51 am
          But the judges are coming from INDIRA GANDH'S COMMITTED JUDGES. People are not that stupid.
          1. R
            Oct 12, 2017 at 1:06 am
            Tell his to pappu, he may make this a n issue in Gujarat where he is busy visiting temples wearing rudraksha.... The clown may think that would please Hindus there and they may vote him. To our muslim brothers, you have seen what congress did to Sikhs. What they are doing in Gujarat, when your votes wont count. All this pseudo-secularism is just a vote drama. Look at real issue and people and vote rather than listening to congress paid mullas and doing strategic voting. That didnt work in UP and soon it will fail even in WB/Kerala.
          2. G
            Oct 11, 2017 at 10:45 pm
            Yesterday, BJP WON muni ci pa lity seats beating out Congress in GUJARAT. Yesterday, BJP WON Panchayat seats beating out all others in MAHARASHTRA. Indian express does not cover it. --------------------------------- →The press has always favoured dynast Congress Rahul Gandhi and before every election Indian express has been the biggest cheer leaders of the Congress Party. And they keep promoting the opposition even those who have little chance of winning any election like the discredited Commies.