Hitting the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its growing reach across the country, Bihar CM Nitish Kumar called all non-BJP parties to come at a common platform. BJP had used the slogan of ‘Congress-mukt Bharat’ (Congress-free India) during the general elections of 2014, now Nitish Kumar wants all the parties to use ‘Sangh-mukt Bharat’ and wipe BJP in the next elections.
JDU President and Chief Minister of Bihar, Nitish Kumar said, “All non BJP parties will have to come together if we have to defeat them because separate contests will not work in the next Lok Sabha elections.” He also said that today is the time of sanghwad and everyone will have to come on a common platform to fight it. This is the only way forward, he mentioned.
He expressed that all parties need to unite against BJP and also its divisive policy and that is the only way democracy can be saved. Nitish Kumar appealed to all the non BJP parties to come together and make the country sangh free, which means democracy free. Two days ago, Kumar has said that the BJP will not make it to the next Lok Sabha elections.
He said that though he is not against any party or any individual, but he is against the divisive policy of the RSS. He added, “the three stalwarts of BJP – Atal Bihari Vajpayee, LK Advani, and Murli Manohar Joshi – have been sidelined within the party and the power has gone to people who have no faith in secularism and communal harmony.”
Nitish further said that there is no scope for the third front and unity is required if the democracy is to be strengthened. He said, “Even the NDA alliance partners have been relegated to the back seat. Only they are aware of their position.”
Nitish Kumar said at the Advantage Conclave in Patna that he would strive hard to bring Congress, Left and the regional parties on one platform before the 2019 general elections. Attacking at the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) over the saffronisation, he said, “Aaj jo bhagwa jhanda fehrate hain, tirange ki baat karte hai (those who hoist the saffron flag, are now talking about tricolour flag).”
He also referred to the debate over chanting ‘Bharat mata ki jai’, and said, “I just want to know what was the contribution of the Sangh in the freedom struggle of the country. It is unnecessarily engaging in the debates on nationalism and slogans.”
Without taking the name of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he said, “So many promises were made during the 2014 lok sabha election campaign. Was black money brought back? Did a poor man get Rs. 15 lakh in his bank account? People also tried to mock the seven resolutions I made during the 2015 Assembly Poll campaign. But I have fulfilled the first big promise by enforcing a total ban on liquor in Bihar. One by one, I will fulfill the rest.”
Taking a dig at PM Modi, he said, “Management is more important than event management. Event management could benefit for sometime. But there is a need to go into the depth of the issue. Sincere work done for the welfare for people itself reaches the masses.”