Fresh unity bid by Opposition
Parties to meet in Delhi on January 29 to plan the way ahead in fight against BJP
Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar said on Friday that Opposition parties would meet in New Delhi on Monday to plan the way ahead in the fight against the BJP as they held a march to “save” the Constitution which they said was under “assault”.
The march in Mumbai brought several Opposition leaders, including from the Left, on a common platform in a show of unity against the ruling BJP with just over a year left for the Lok Sabha polls.
Besides Mr. Pawar, Sitaram Yechury (CPI-M) Sharad Yadav (rebel JD-U leader), D. Raja (CPI), Hardik Patel (Gujarat’s Patidar leader), Dinesh Trivedi (Trinamool Congress) and Sushilkumar Shinde (Congress) attended the “Save the Constitution” march.
Addressing presspersons at the Gateway of India, Mr. Pawar said it was a joint decision of “like-minded” parties to come together and rally to “save” the Constitution.
“It would be a great disservice to the nation and the Constitution if we do not raise our voice against this,” he said.
The former Union Minister said leaders of the Opposition parties would hold the next round of deliberations on Monday in the national capital.
“All the like-minded parties, committed to our cause, will sit together in Delhi and deliberate on the way ahead to save the Constitution,” Mr. Pawar said.
NCP leaders Praful Patel and D.P. Tripathi, former Maharashtra Chief Minister and Congress leader Prithviraj Chavan and former MP Ram Jethmalani were present.
Mr. Yechury said the fundamental rights of people, guaranteed by the Constitution, were being “assaulted” by the ruling party.
Mr. Chavan alleged that the government had moved towards “dictatorship”, and all secular people, who had a stake in democracy, should unite to fight against the ruling BJP.