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Sena says need for a united oppn front, Pawar must lead it | India News

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MUMBAI: Calling the opposition in the Center and Congress “weak and ineffective,” Shiv Sena suggested on Saturday that all anti-BJP parties should unite under the banner of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) to offer a formidable alternative to the Modi government and indirectly suggested that the head of the CPN, Sharad Pawar, was better equipped to lead the combined opposition.
Sena spokesman Saamna, while criticizing the BJP’s alleged indifference to the farmers’ protest, said it was ignoring the opposition because it was weak and fragmented. Saamna stated that a morcha had been organized on Thursday under the leadership of Rahul Gandhi in support of the farmers’ agitation, but the Union agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar said that even the people in Congress did not take Rahul in I laughed.
“An ineffective opposition is leading to the disintegration of democracy. Instead of blaming the government, the opposition party should do some introspection. There has to be a massive appeal to the opposition leadership … Rahul Gandhi individually is fighting hard, but something is missing … Even the parties that are part of the UPA might not have taken the farmers’ protest seriously, ”the Newspaper. said.
Stating that “the Congressional Working Committee should discuss why the BJP dares to mock the party leadership,” Saamna noted that the UPA “does not have a strong leader like Narendra Modi and a political manager like Amit Shah.” It said: “The Trinamool Congress, Shiv Sena, Akali Dal, BSP, Akhilesh Yadav’s SP, Jaganmohan Reddy’s YSR Congress, K Chandrasekhar Rao from Telangana, Naveen Patnaik from Odisha, HD Kumaraswamy from Karnataka are all against the BJP, but they are not part of the Congress -led UPA. Unless all these parties unite against the BJP, the opposition cannot offer a formidable alternative. ”
Praising Pawar, the editorial said: “Pawar is an independent and powerful personality … and all parties, including Prime Minister Modi, benefit from his experience.” Saamna noted that “Mamata Banerjee is fighting a lonely battle in West Bengal. BJP is trying to split its party. The opposition parties must be united to it ”.
Although top leaders of the state Congress were not available for comment, former Congressional Minister of State Naseem Khan said: “Shiv Sena should be aware that he is not part of the UPA. They have no right to advise Congress. Congress has extended its support to the Sena in the state on the basis of the Common Minimum Program ”.

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