Weigh­ing Next Step, Sharad Talks Only of ‘In­clu­sive In­dia’

Sharad could spell out his po­lit­i­cal course of ac­tion on Aug 17

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

New Delhi: Janata Dal (United) leader Sharad Ya­dav, who re­cently termed as ‘un­for­tu­nate’ his col­league Ni­tish Ku­mar’s re­align­ing JDU with BJP, on Sun­day said ‘only in­clu­sive pol­i­tics’ can ‘pro­tect the com­pos­ite her­itage of In­dia’. Ya­dav’s com­ment comes as some of his party col­leagues, var­i­ous Op­po­si­tion lead­ers, so­cial ac­tivists, rep­re­sen­ta­tives of farm­ers, Dal­its, back­wards and Mus­lims a nd s ome f r o m S a ma­jwad i Pari­var are slated to at­tend a con­fer­ence he is or­gan­is­ing in Delhi on Au­gust 17.

On the pur­pose of his con­fer­ence, Ya­dav told ET: “In­dia has a com­pos­ite her­itage and it is the spirit of that her­itage which en­sures peo­ple be­long­ing to di f fer­ent castes, some­time as di­verse as 20 castes, and many re­li­gions live to­gether har­mo­niously in vil­lages, states, re­gions and across In­dia.

It is im­por­tant to reaf­firm our com­mit­ment to the com­pos­ite her­itage of In­dia, says Sharad There­fore, only an in­clu­sive brand of pol­i­tics can pro­tect and nur­ture this com­pos­ite her­itage of In­dia”. Dwelling fur­ther on the theme Ya­dav added: “It is im­por­tant to reaf­firm our com­mit­ment to that com­pos­ite her­itage of In­dia. The run­ning theme of the con­fer­ence will be ‘Sa­jha Vi­raasat Bachaho Sam­me­lan (Save In­dia’s com­pos­ite her­itage meet)”.

His Delhi con­fer­ence, in­ci­den­tally, is slated two days ahead of the JDU ex­ec­u­tive meet­ing Ni­tish Ku­mar is con­ven­ing in Patna on Au­gust 19. Ya­dav, who is cur­rently hold­ing con­sul­ta­tions with var­i­ous politi­cians and ac­tivists, is also sched­uled to start a 3-day tour from Bi­har from Patna on Au­gust 10 and cul­mi­nat­ing at Mad­hep­ura, the Lok Sabha con­stituency he has rep­re­sented four times. While some emis­saries of Ku­mar and BJP are still reach­ing out to Ya­dav for ‘peace talks’, his as­so­ci­ates feel he could spell out his fu­ture po­lit­i­cal course at the con­fer­ence even as many de­bate whether Ya­dav will for­mally raise the ban­ner of re­volt from within JDU against ‘the Ni­tish Ku­mar line’ and char­ter an in­de­pen­dent course with strate­gic tieups.

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