The sweeping victory of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the recently-held assembly elections has hit the opposition parties hard. So much so that they are being forced to work out a common strategy to unite and form a larger opposition against the saffron party or risk being obliterated in all respects. Leaders from Congress, CPI, CPM met and discussed the matter while commemorating the 95th birth anniversary of socialist icon Madhu Limaye. Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh, CPI’s D Raja and Atul Kumar Anjan, NCP’s D P Tripathi, CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury were present, as reported by The Indian Express.
Talking about how the upcoming presidential elections were the “acid test” for their unity, CPM general Sitaram Yechury said “everyone knows the country runs through a Cabinet system, but “the question is what supervision is there in the President House (and) whether that supervision will be secular or communal supervision”.
Taking forward the proposal of a grand alliance, but warning against pitfalls, Digvijay Singh delved into history and said “If this grand alliance is not formed in a proper manner, then it will be Modi versus the others. This fight is not personality-based. It has to be ideology-based,” he said. He provided the example of Indira Gandhi in 1971 when other opposition parties formed a front against her, However, she had turned the tables on everyone by telling the public that her intention is the abolishment of poverty, while all their agenda consisted of was to ‘remove Indira’.
Limaye’s son Aniruddha Limaye said that while an image of a “messiah” had been created around Modi, the image of other leaders had become somewhat sullied. “If you want to fight the regressive and fascist policies of this government, you will have to make an organisation and go for agitations. Look at how many organisations the RSS has created.”
On his part, senior JDU leader Sharad Yadav said, “We will unite and save the nation.”