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Sunday, 6 December 2020

Ties broken, Akalis moot national front against BJP

Jupinderjit Singh

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 5

In the backdrop of farmers’ protest against the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA), the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) has set the ball rolling for forming a national front against the BJP by holding discussions with regional political parties.

It is aiming to contest the next Lok Sabha elections jointly with other parties. The SAD was one of the major regional parties in the NDA. SAD patriarch Parkash Singh Badal was among the founder members of the NDA. The party leadership feels that a political front against the NDA was the only way to check the “dictatorial decisions” taken by the Narendra Modi government.

A delegation of the SAD led by ex-MP Prem Singh Chandumajra met West Bengal Chief Minister and All India Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee for forging a joint front.

Chandumajra told The Tribune that he had scheduled a meeting with Uddhav Thackeray, Chief Minister of Maharashtra and head of Shiv Sena, tomorrow. “A meeting with former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav is also lined up early next week,” he said.

Chandumajra said the response was encouraging. “The regional parties feel there is an urgent need for them to come together to save the federal structure of the country. Moreover, there is a complete absence of a strong opposition at the Centre due to which regional parties can come together and question the Central Government.”

Chandumajra had met leaders of the Biju Janata Dal also a few days ago. “Things are moving in the right direction. We hope to issue a joint statement soon,” he said.



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