NDA working chairman LK Advani suggested all opposition parties, including the BJP and the Left, join hands for “concerted action” to end the Congress-led rule “whose mandate has long since evaporated.”
Advani’s call came as Janata Dal (United) president and NDA convenor Sharad Yadav mooted the idea of an all-Opposition Bharat Bandh next week (possibly on August 23) to corner the government at a time when it is bearing the brunt of a major offensive from civil society groups led by Anna Hazare.
A Bharat Bandh on July 5, 2010 had seen the BJP and its allies and the Left holding separate protests across the country against the government’s bid to check price rise.
Speaking at a function to release his book of blogs, Advani described as a positive development last Tuesday’s meeting of opposition leaders including those of the Left in the chamber of leader of opposition Sushma Swaraj for a joint strategy on the issue of arrest of Hazare.
Advani conceded that the Left had inhibition in associating with the BJP. But the BJP did not believe in “political untouchability.” He said, “however, their (Left) decision to attend the meeting at Swaraj’s chamber following the outrage over action against Anna Hazare has given rise to hopes for some concerted action by all opposition groups against this government, which has done everything against aam admi (the common man).”
Advani, whose book “As I see it” was released by eminent jurist Fali S Nariman, listed three issues — corruption, black money and inflation — on which all opposition parties could come together against the government because “sooner this government exits, it’s better for the country.”