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‘It will be Gandhi-Ambedkar-Mandal vs Golwalkar-Godse in 2019’

The Congress should let other parties be in the “driving seat” in States such as Uttar Pradesh and Bihar where it is not the largest Opposition party, Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Tejashwi Yadav has said, asserting that “egos” need to be set aside to jointly take on the BJP in 2019.

The issue of a prime ministerial candidate is secondary and it is more important for the Opposition parties to come together to “save the Constitution”, said the Leader of the Opposition in the Bihar Assembly and the younger son of RJD chief Lalu Prasad.

“In my view, the talk about a prime ministerial candidate should be secondary because there is danger facing the country. The Constitution, democracy and reservation are in danger,” the former Bihar Deputy Chief Minister said.

He cited the example of UPA-I, when the decision to appoint Manmohan Singh as Prime Minister was taken after the elections, to buttress his point.

Mr. Yadav, who declared that the Opposition can win by coming together, said the 2019 elections will be a contest between Gandhi-Ambedkar-Mandal versus Golwalkar-Godse.

Social justice

“So all political parties in the Opposition that believe in social justice and secularism should set aside their egos and differences and come together to save the Constitution,” the 28-year-old leader said, referring to the ideas of Mahatma Gandhi, B. R. Ambedkar and the Mandal Commission on reservation versus RSS ideologue M.S. Golwalkar and Nathuram Godse.

The BJP wants to enforce “RSS law” in the country, Mr. Yadav alleged, recalling Union Minister Anant Kumar Hegde’s remarks that the party had come to power to change the Constitution.

Stressing the need for an Opposition alliance, he said the Congress, being the larger party, has a larger responsibility in taking others along. “But the Congress has to see how it will manage alliance partners. In Bihar, we [RJD] are the largest party, so it has to make a strategy accordingly , Mr. Yadav said.

Noting that the BJP and the Congress have a direct fight in almost 18 States, he said in States such as U.P. and Bihar, the Rahul Gandhi-led party should let the largest Opposition party sit in the ‘driving seat’.

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