Hitting out at the Opposition for uniting against the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) ahead of the 2019 general elections to Lok Sabha, BJP MP Giriraj Singh likened them to "Maoists, casteists, feudalists and supporters of Osama bin Laden" on Monday.
"Maoists, casteists, feudalists, and supporters of Osama bin Laden have all united against the NDA. But, floating on the uninterrupted river of progress, NDA's boat will surely cross the 2019 stage while moving at a steady rate," he said, in a tweet in Hindi.
माओवादी,जातिवादी,सामन्तवादी और ओसामावादी सभी राष्ट्रवादी गठबंधन(NDA)के ख़िलाफ़ एकजुट हो गए हैं।लेकिन विकास की अविरल गंगा में बहते हुए NDA की नाव नियत गति से 2019 का पड़ाव अवश्य पार करेगी।
— Giriraj Singh (@girirajsinghbjp) June 4, 2018
Singh's comment came a day after BJP national spokesperson Sambit Patra tweeted how the united Opposition and others like the 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed were trying to stop Narendra Modi from becoming the prime minister in 2019. He later tweeted to clarify that his remark was not aimed at comparing the two. "Modi's attack on black money and corruption is getting the Opposition in India on one page while his attack on terrorism and the surgical strike is pushing Hafiz Saeed to desperation. This proves that the Modi government is moving the right way," Patra said.
It’s not just the not yet formed “महागठबंधन” that desperately wants to stop India from having Modi as it’s PM in 2019 ..there are others as well..desperately trying for d same! Hafiz Saeed openly saying that he will shed blood of Narendra Modi https://t.co/Zdw0qY8i7c via @YouTube — Sambit Patra (@sambitswaraj) June 3, 2018
Off course this is not a comparison!
Modi Ji’s attack on Black Money and corruption is getting the opposition in India on one page while His attack on terrorism & Surgical Strike is pushing Hafeez Sayed to desperation!
This proves that the Modi government is moving the right way! https://t.co/CBu3uSTVRu
— Sambit Patra (@sambitswaraj) June 3, 2018
Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore, too, tweeted on similar lines. Singh's use of "NDA" and the sudden surge in tweets by BJP leaders predicting their win in 2019 comes against the backdrop of Shiv Sena saying that the saffron party does not need "friends and allies anymore". Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray had recently made the remark while accusing the party of buying voters in the Palghar Lok Sabha bypoll.
Parties with total ideological differences are talking of coming together for grabbing power COME WHAT MAY. 2019 elections will be crucial for India’s future. Honest and hard working citizens see PM @NarendraModi Ji's govt standing up for them. https://t.co/3zP5Jp9LB3 pic.twitter.com/L1WnxgtR76 — Rajyavardhan Rathore (@Ra_THORe) June 3, 2018
An unofficial 'mahagathbandhan', or the grand coalition alliance, has been forged by the Opposition parties in the run-up to the 2019 election. In the recent Lok Sabha and state Assembly bypolls, held on 28 May, a united Opposition got a major boost as the BJP and its allies were limited to just three seats out of the total 15 that went to polls.
The talks of a united Opposition front began early in 2018. Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Sharad Pawar had convened a meeting of Opposition parties in January.
In March, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi held a dinner with Opposition leaders. At the time, there was a call for a non-BJP, non-Congress front as well following a proposal by TRS chief and Telangana chief minister K Chandrashekhar Rao for a national consultation process on the matter.
Trinamool Congress chief and West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee also met several leaders like AAP's Arvind Kejriwal, Pawar, and Gandhi. Telugu Desam Party (TDP), after becoming the first major party to exit the NDA, also became involved in the discussions for a united Opposition.
During the swearing-in of JD(S) leader HD Kumaraswamy as Karnataka chief minister on 23 May, a host of Opposition leaders attended the ceremony in a rare public show of unity. The BJP had then observed a "black day" across Karnataka, with Patra dubbing the presence of the Opposition leaders as a "celebration of corruption".
With inputs from agencies
Updated Date: Jun 04, 2018 12:59 PM