Manmohan Singh, Rahul Gandhi, Top Opposition Leaders to Attend Sharad Yadav’s Meet
New Delhi, Aug 17: Former Janata Dal (United) chief and veteran parliamentarian Sharad Yadav would be hosting the Sajha Virasat Conclave today. The event, being held here in the national capital, would feature members of Opposition parties articulating their vision for safeguarding the “composite culture” of India, which they claim to be constantly trampled upon after the BJP came to power at Centre.
On being asked whether he would succeed in galvanising the Opposition against the Modi regime at Centre, Yadav said the conclave was not organised by him to reap political benefits. “It is not against anybody but in the interest of the country. Safeguarding our composite culture is important to safeguard the lives of 125 crore Indians,” he told reporters here.
The JD(U) rebel, however, was quick to blame the ruling BJP for the “deteriorating condition of social and communal harmony” across the nation. To validate his point, Yadav cited the suicide of Dalit scholar Rohith Vemula, disappearance of JNU student Najeeb Ahmed and the spree of lynching incidents across the nation by communally charged mobs.
“What is the stand of ruling party on all these issues? And why is it that the situation is worse where their government is in power,” he added.
On being asked about Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speech on Independence Day when he condemned violence in name of religion and creed, Yadav said the words of PM are not reflective on the ground. “Why are his own party men not following his dictums,” the senior lawmaker said.
Among major names expected to attend Yadav’s event today include Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad, CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury, CPI chief D Raja and RJD supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav. According to sources, Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav could also be attending the conclave.
Yadav, on being asked whether all quarters of Opposition would be present at his programme, said members of 17 Opposition parties would be present. “There is no one from the Opposition who would not attend the conclave,” he added.
JD(U), which recently broke away from the Mahagathbandhan and returned to NDA fold, said the conclave of Yadav would fail to galvanise the Opposition.
“Sharad ji is overestimating himself. He came to Bihar for his Chaupal Yatra. Except for RJD workers, there were no takers of his narrative. But he is free to take whatever step she feel correct,” said JD(U) Bihar unit chief Bashishta Narayan Singh.