Shiv Sena says all anti-BJP events ought to unite below UPA banner, says Congress is ‘missing’ as Opposition occasion


The Maharashtra Congress, which is a part of the Sena-led ruling alliance within the state, nevertheless, mentioned the Uddhav Thackeray-led occasion just isn’t a part of the UPA and shouldn’t touch upon it

File picture of Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut. PTI

Mumbai: Saying that the Congress just isn’t offering efficient oppostiion to the BJP, Shiv Sena mouthpiece ‘Saamana‘ on Saturday mentioned all anti-BJP events, together with the Sena, ought to come collectively below the banner of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA).

Time has come for increasing the UPA, Sena’s chief spokesperson Sanjay Raut informed reporters later within the day.

The Congress in Maharashtra, which is a part of the Sena-led ruling alliance, nevertheless, mentioned the Uddhav Thackeray-led occasion just isn’t a part of the UPA and therefore shouldn’t touch upon it.

“Farmers are protesting on the National Capital borders. But the rulers in Delhi are completely indifferent to this agitation. Disintegrated and feeble Opposition party is the main reason behind the government’s indifference. Ineffective Opposition is leading to this disintegration of democracy,” the Saamana mentioned within the editorial.

“Instead of blaming the government, the Opposition party should introspect. There has to be a mass appeal to the opposition leadership. But on this front, that party is standing on the brink,” it mentioned.

“Rahul Gandhi individually is putting up a strong fight, but something is lacking…The present condition of the Congress-led UPA is like an NG0. Even the UPA constituents do not seem to have taken the farmers’ protest seriously,” the Marathi each day mentioned.

“NCP chief Sharad Pawar is an independent personality at the national level. In West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee is waging a lonely battle. The country’s Opposition party should stand by her at this time. Mamata Banerjee has contacted only Pawar and he is going to Bengal. But this should have been done under the leadership of the Congress,” it mentioned.

Trinamool Congress, Shiv Sena, Akali Dal, Bahujan Samaj Party, Samajwadi Party, YSR Congress, Telangana Rashtra Samithi, Janata Dal (Secular), Biju Janata Dal are in opposition to the BJP, and they need to be a part of the UPA to offer a formidable various, the newspaper mentioned.

“Priyanka Gandhi Vadra was arrested in Delhi (during a protest march over farm laws); Rahul Gandhi was publicly ridiculed by the BJP; the Thackeray government in Maharashtra is not allowed to function; BJP leaders are on record saying that the prime minister was instrumental in toppling the Kamal Nath government in Madhya Pradesh. All this is not good for democracy,” it mentioned.

The BJP has a robust management within the type of Narendra Modi and Amit Shah whereas “the UPA has none,” it mentioned.

Speaking to reporters later, Raut, govt editor of Saamana, mentioned the UPA must develop to tackle the “dictatorial” Union authorities.

Asked who ought to lead the UPA, Raut mentioned cryptically, “Sonia Gandhi led the UPA very ably all these years. Now the time has come to widen the UPA’s scope”.

On hypothesis that NCP chief Sharad Pawar may exchange Sonia Gandhi as UPA head, Raut mentioned in addition to Sonia Gandhi, Pawar has help from a cross-section of society.

“All Opposition parties should come together against the dictatorial attitude of the Central government. A weak opposition is bad for democracy,” the Rajya Sabha MP mentioned.

Reacting to the Saamana editorial, state Congress chief Naseem Khan mentioned events which think about the management of Sonia Gandhi and that are in opposition to the BJP’s ideology are welcome to affix the UPA.

Khan, nevertheless, mentioned he disagreed with the newspaper’s view that Opposition events haven’t taken the protests in opposition to the farm legal guidelines significantly. “Right from day one, the Congress party and Rahul Gandhi have supported farmers’ demand of repealing the new laws and stood by them,” he mentioned.

“Shiv Sena is not part of the UPA. So it should not comment on the UPA,” he added.

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