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'All Non-BJP Parties Need To...': Sharad Pawar On Big 2024 Strategy

Jalgaon:

Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar on Friday said he would persuade all opposition parties to forge unity based on a common minimum programme to provide an alternative to the Narendra Modi government at the Centre.

Talking to reporters, the opposition stalwart said the Bharatiya Janata Party had been rejected in a majority of the states where it was ruling, adding that the saffron party had toppled elected governments to grab power.

“If the people have rejected the BJP at the state level, their (citizens) view will not be any different at the national level,” the NCP chief asserted.

Informing that he would put forth his view in the meeting of opposition parties to be held in Patna in Bihar on June 23, Mr Pawar said, “All non-BJP parties need to sit together and think about forging opposition unity on the basis of a common minimum programme.” “The BJP made big assurances, raised expectations of people but did nothing. It is time to provide an alternative,” the former Union minister said.

Queried on the Bharat Rashtra Samithi led by Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao speaking about making inroads into Maharashtra, Mr Pawar said the Congress-NCP alliance had faced reverses in the 2019 polls due to the presence of Prakash Ambedkar’s Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi (VBA).

“Even though all parties have the right to expand their base in any state, it remains to be seen if the BRS is a B team (of the BJP),” he said.

Mr Rao opened a party office in Nagpur on Thursday and had said the BRS would expand its base in Maharashtra to fight upcoming polls on its own strength.

Asked about the Uniform Civil Code, Mr Pawar said there was need for a population control law for all citizens irrespective of caste and religion, but one needs to know whether the UCC is “targeted at a particular community” and “then we can speak (on it)”.

Queried on the newly-elected Congress government in Karnataka removing chapters on Hindutva ideologue late VD Savarkar and RSS founder Keshav Hedgewar from school books, Mr Pawar said the Congress had promised such a move in its Assembly poll manifesto.

If the people of Karnataka have voted them to power, it means they agree with the Congress’ view, Mr Pawar added.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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