Congress General Secretary KC Venugopal met Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray in Mumbai on Monday, the place they mentioned opposition unity forward of the nationwide election in 2024 and alleged misuse of central businesses by the BJP authorities to focus on opposition leaders.
“I came here to meet Uddhav ji and to convey the message of Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge, Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi. The message is very clear – in the current political situation in India and Maharashtra, Uddhav ji is fighting against anti-democratic forces. Democracy has been completely sabotaged by Narendra Modi and Amit Shah, we have seen that. The ED and CBI are being used to target Uddhav ji’s and other parties,” Mr Venugopal instructed reporters after the assembly.
Mr Venugopal known as for a “broader opposition unity”, which is why Mr Kharge and Mr Gandhi met Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, his deputy Tejashwi Yadav and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar final week. The two Bihar leaders had additionally met Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who was questioned by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) as a witness within the Delhi liquor coverage case.
“The opposition will together fight the dictatorship of Narendra Modi. There may be differences in opinion. The Congress, Sena and NCP have their own ideology, but the country is facing bigger issues which we never faced. That’s why we discussed all these issues and we are all in agreement that we all have to get together and fight these people,” Mr Venugopal stated.
Mr Gandhi will meet Mr Uddhav in Mumbai someday, and the Sena chief will even go to Delhi quickly, the Congress General Secretary stated.
Agreeing with the visiting Congress chief, Mr Thackeray stated everybody has their very own ideology; nonetheless, their battle is to save lots of democracy.
“Hum jab dosti nibhate hai, wo dosti nahi, rishta hota hai (for us, friendship is household),” Mr Thackeray instructed reporters. “We supported the BJP for 25 years, but they never really understood who is a friend and who is an enemy,” he added.
The BJP has usually taken swipes on the opposition’s try to unite when there are disagreements and even outright hostility between a few of them. Yesterday, Congress chief Ajay Maken requested the social gathering to not “support” and “show any sympathy” to Mr Kejriwal as doing so would “confuse” the Congress cadre and “benefit” the BJP.
Mr Maken’s remark comes a day after Congress chief Mallikarjun Kharge dialled Mr Kejriwal and mentioned the necessity for opposition unity to face the BJP within the nationwide election subsequent 12 months.
Every week earlier than that, Mr Pawar, whose NCP is an ally of the Congress in Maharashtra, shredded some opposition events’ high-pitched marketing campaign for a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) probe into the Adani Group-Hindenburg Research row, which stalled all enterprise within the nation’s most essential legislative physique.
Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur on Wednesday final scoffed on the efforts of the opposition events to defeat the BJP in 2024 and known as their try at an alliance a “thugbandhan” (alliance of thugs).
“People are aware that these parties have no common policies or ideology and make false promises to win elections. Such experiments had failed in the 2014 and 2019 Lok Sabha polls,” Mr Thakur stated.