BJP divisive,has reduced national debates to a farce: Sharad Yadav

Sharad Yadav Monday flayed the BJP for its “divisive views” and said the saffron party has reduced the current national debate to a farce.

Written by Express News Service | Allahabad | Published: November 12, 2013 3:57:00 am

JD (U) president Sharad Yadav Monday flayed the BJP for its “divisive views” and said the saffron party has reduced the current national debate to a farce.

“Today,we are discussing as to how the life of a political leader can be protected; the differences between Sardar (Vallabh Bhai) Patel and Pandit (Jawaharlal) Nehru and history of partition. There are so many books on the subject. We have all read them in school. What is the new there? There is nobody to tackle the government on the issues like loot of country’s minerals,poor balance of payment status,falling industrial growth and rupee,farmers’ suicide and acute price rise,” Yadav said without taking the name of BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra modi or Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi.

He was talking to media in Allahabad on his way to Madhya Pradesh,where he would be attending public meetings from Tuesday.

He said after breaking up from the JD(U),the BJP has returned to divisive politics.

“It (BJP) was the party,which joined hands with us in calling Bharat bandh on the issue of FDI in retail. For nearly 10 years,the opposition almost stood united and took the government to task on issues of national importance. But after the break-up,the BJP has gone back to its divisive views,” he added.

Yadav said that Congress is happy as issues on which it was floundering were not being raised. He also said that a section of the media was under control of these parties,as a result of which the real issues were being relegated to the back burner.

Asked about the possibility of third front before 2014 polls,Yadav said: “There won’t be any pre-poll alliance. But the Congress and the BJP will not be able to cross 150-mark and the third front will come into existence.”

Asked who could be the prime ministerial candidate of the third front,Yadav said that these things will be discussed at that time only.

Asked about the Muzaffarnagar riots,Yadav said that the government should have handled the divisive forces stringently. However,he refused to comment on a query about the current law and order situation prevailing in Uttar Pradesh. Yadav,who was stopped in Ghaziabad and prevented from attending ‘arakshan mahapanchayat’ in Allahabad on September 16,said that the UP government should implement the amended reservation system,in which the OBC candidates were being given the benefit of reservation in all the stages of an examination. “It will benefit the state government,” he said.

Questions ISRO chairman’s temple visit<\b>

Sharad Yadav raised questions on the propriety of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chairman K Radhakrishnan visiting the shrine of Lord Thirupathi Balaji ahead of the launch of Orbiter on its journey to Mars. The ISRO Chairman had visited the temple on November 4,a day before the launch,apparently to seek blessings of the Lord for successful mission. “He is the Chairman of a widely respected scientific institution. He is one of the biggest scientists in the country. There are a thousand scientists,who are involved in developing the Mangal Yaan. Is it proper for him to visit Lord Balaji? What is the message he is giving to the children of the country? Did Balaji send the Orbiter in space? Nobody is caring about scientific temper. Already,so many people line up there due to superstition. Will this (Radhakrishnan’s visit to Balaji) not spread it further?” said Yadav. He if Radhakrishnan had so much faith in Lord Balaji,“he should have prayed to inside his house.”

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