For would all other non-BJP, non-communal political parties please respond, says Digvijay Singh (AP)
Slamming as ‘fascist’ Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi’s pitch for a “Congress Mukt Bharat”, Congress leader Digvijay Singh today reached out to all non-BJP parties on the plank of secularism.
“Isn’t Modi and now BJP’s slogan of Congress Mukt Bharat Fascist? For would all other non-BJP, non-communal political parties pl respond,” Singh said on microblogging site Twitter.
Singh’s bid to reach out to “all non-BJP, non-communal parties” comes at a time when there is a realisation in both national parties that the next Lok Sabha election could ultimately be a game of alliances.
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While Congress had added a new ally JMM in the UPA kitty a few months back, Subramanian Swamy’s Janta Party announced its plan to merge with the BJP a few days back.
Addressing a rally in Hyderabad recently, Modi had invoked the legacy of N T Ramarao urging all non-Congress parties to come together with apparent specific signal to TDP to join the NDA bandwagon.
Former NDA ally JD(U) dumped its 17 years-old-ally BJP in June this year and there are indications that Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is soft on Congress and hence the party could be a possible UPA ally.
Shiv Sena and Akali Dal remain a part of NDA. Much in the next Lok Sabha will also depend the way the regional parties like BJD, TDP, YSR Congress, JD(U), RJD, Trinamool Congress, SP and BSP behave.RJD, SP and BSP are currently supporting the UPA government from outside.
The Congress general secretary, who is also AICC- in-charge for Andhra Pradesh, hit out at BJP for not talking about its earlier slogan of “Bhay, Bhook and Bharashtachar Mukt Bharat”.