1. JD(U) to push for joint forum to fight BJP

JD(U) to push for joint forum to fight BJP

The JD(U) wants to sharpen its attack against BJP as the party is aiming to be a key player in the national politics.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: October 16, 2016 11:39 AM
The JD(U) wants to sharpen its attack against BJP as the party is aiming to be a key player in the national politics. (PTI) The JD(U) wants to sharpen its attack against BJP as the party is aiming to be a key player in the national politics. (PTI)

The JD(U) wants to sharpen its attack against BJP as the party is aiming to be a key player in the national politics. Apart from this, ratifying appointment of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar as the party president, making strategies for its expansion in other states with 2019 parliamentary poll in mind are the main issues JD(U) will discuss at its two-day national council meet beginning at Rajgir on Sunday, a media report said. Party leaders said the focus will be on the need to forge a unity of “ike-minded parties”. The political resolution of the meet, they said, would urge other parties to strengthen JD(U)’s call of a “Sangh-mukt Bharat (RSS-free India)”. The party resolutions are also likely to justify JD(U)’s decision to walk out of the NDA by referring to issues like “ghar wapsi”, Uniform Civil Code and attack on Dalits in Una. “When JD(U) had severed ties with the BJP, many had not taken kindly to it. With the passage of time, we have been proved right and stand vindicated. This will resonate in the two-day party meet,” a source said, according to an Indian Express report.

State JD(U) spokesman and MLC Neeraj Kumar has said over 170 delegates from 23 states including Jammu and Kashmir and Kerala would take part in the meeting at Rajgir in Bihar’s Nalanda district.

BJP in Arunachal Pradesh on Friday officially became a part of the People’s Party of Arunachal (PPA) government. With this, the ruling party at the Centre now has 14 states across the country in its kitty.

Soon after taking over as Bihar Chief Minister in 2015, Kumar had started focusing on widening the footprint of the JD(U) beyond Bihar. In April this year, he became JD(U) president, replacing three-term party chief Sharad Yadav.

The party is also expected to look at the demands for reservation by various caste groups like Patels in Gujarat, Jats in Haryana, Marathas in Maharashtra and Khamma, Reddy and Kapu in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. These are states ruled by BJP or its allies and the JD(U) would link the reservation demands with the “failure” of respective state governments to provide employment, sources said.

The national council meet is happening at a time when Kumar has already inched closer to alliances with Ajit Singh’s RLD in Uttar Pradesh and Babulal Marandi’s JVM(P) in Jharkhand.

“This is the first two-day national council and national executive meet since Kumar became party president and the resolutions to be passed on this occasion will reflect his plans at the national level,” said a party functionary. “We will give a call for a joint forum. Our political resolution will also accept the call given by Nitish Kumar for Sangh-mukt Bharat and will urge other parties to join hands and make it a reality,” he said.

He added, “We know that JD(U) alone cannot give BJP a fight at the national level. So we will ask other regional parties to shed their inhibitions, if any, about the Congress. Any effective anti-BJP alternative minus Congress does not seem to be emerging. With the massive expansion of the BJP, anti-Congressism is dead.” The party’s resolutions will be also be critical of Modi government’s foreign and economic policies, JD(U) leaders said.

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