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BJP trying to wipe out opposition : Yadav

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Samajwadi Party general secretary and Leader of the party in Rajya Sabha Ram Gopal Yadav alleged that the BJP and the Union government were trying to wipe out the Opposition from the country.

“The economic growth of the country is faltering due to the double whammy of demonetization and Goods and Services Tax (GST). Both have created havoc for farmers, artisans and traders and businessmen in the informal sector. Millions across the country have been thrown out of job and the MSME sector has been decimated. Yet, the sole agenda of the NDA government remains the annihilation of Opposition parties in the country,’’ alleged the SP leader.

Addressing a meeting at  Etawah on Monday, Yadav said, “The Opposition is a prerequisite and inalienable part of democratic polity. But the NDA government is bent upon on muzzling the voice of the Opposition as the government is unwilling to tolerate criticism from any quarter.’’

“Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasaad Yadav fought the BJP  and prevented it from coming to power in Assembly elections in 2016. Now he and his family members are being hounded by Central agencies on alleged charges of corruption,’’ chargd the SP leader.

Yadav leader also alleged that even SP leaders were getting threats from the government to fall in line or face the music which resulted in five SP MLCs resigning from the membership of UP Legislative Council and joining the BJP.

Lauding the country’s first PM Jawaharlal Lal Nehru and also Indira Gandhi, he said that barring the sole exception of Emergency, the two former Prime Ministers never targeted the Opposition.

Supporting the agitation of Shiksha Mitra, Yadav said that the SP government had regularized their services and given them the pay scale as per recommendation of Seventh Pay Commission. He demanded that the BJP government should make suitable amendments in the law for regularising their services.

“During the last Assembly poll, the BJP had alleged that police stations were being run by SP cadres. With the change in guard, BJP MLAs and leaders were indulging in corruption and extortion. The state BJP government cancelled the tenders of the six-lane Purvanchal Expressway linking Lucknow with Ghazipur and derailed developmental works in the state,” the SP leader said.

Yadav directed party leaders to attend the SP state convention in Lucknow on September 23 and the national convention at Agra on October 5.

The national convention is likely to see the passage of several political resolutions and could lead to formulation of a strategy on forging coalitions with non-BJP parties for 2019 Lok Sabha elections. 

It is also significant for the SP after its crushing defeat in the recent Assembly elections in March this year. Despite forming an alliance with the Congress, the SP managed to win just 47 seats on its own while the alliance could muster a paltry 54. Last month, BSP chief Mayawati had said that her party would become a part of any joint campaign only after non-BJP parties finalised seat-sharing formula for the polls.




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