Nitish Kumar advocates anti-sanghwad as the new credo for all parties

  • Anil Kumar, Hindustan Times, Patna
  • Updated: Apr 17, 2016 11:37 IST
Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar after being elected the new president of the JD (U) at the Parliament annexes in New Delhi, India on Sunday, April 10, 2016. (Sonu Mehta/ HT Photo)

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar on Saturday said that “anti-Sanghwad” should become the driving force for fighting against divisive politics, being pursued in the country, instead of Ram Manohar Lohia’s anti-Congress-ism slogan of yesteryears.

“Aaj gair-sanghwad ka daur hai aur sabhi ko BJP ke khilaf ek manch par aana hoga. Yahi ek raasta hai (Today is an era of anti-sanghwad and everyone will have to come on a common platform to fight it. This is the only way forward),” said Kumar, who recently took over as the JD (U) national president, at a conclave organised in Patna on Saturday.

“Uniting against BJP and its divisive ideology is the only way to save democracy,” said Kumar, who has already talked about “largest possible unity” among secular parties.

The chief minister said that there was no scope for Third Front in the present scenario and broader unity was imperative for strengthening democracy.

Maintaining that he was not against any party or individual, but against “divisive” line of the Sangh, the ideological parent of BJP, Kumar said “the three stalwarts of the BJP-Atal Bihari Vajpayee, L K Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi-have been sidelined within the party.

“Power has gone to people who have no faith in secularism and communal harmony,” he said adding “even the NDA alliance partners have been relegated to the back seat. Only they are aware of their ‘position’.”

A day after becoming JD (U) president, Kumar on Monday said he would strive for forging the “largest possible unity” against BJP by bringing Congress, Left and regional parties on one platform before the 2019 general elections.

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