Adding to Rafale cho­rus

Business Standard - - ISSUES AND INSIGHTS -

Many Op­po­si­tion par­ties that were ear­lier drag­ging their feet about join­ing the Congress in its protest against the govern­ment on the Rafale deal seem to be com­ing around. While the Com­mu­nist Party of In­dia (CPI) par­tic­i­pated in a protest in Delhi last Fri­day, the Com­mu­nist Party of In­dia (Marx­ist) is­sued a book­let on the Rafale con­tro­versy and con­ducted a pub­lic hear­ing to mo­bilise opin­ion on the sub­ject. Af­ter much prod­ding by Andhra Pradesh Chief Min­is­ter N Chan­drababu Naidu ( pic­tured) — who made a sud­den trip to Delhi and ad­dressed the me­dia on Sat­ur­day — the Tel­ugu De­sam Party joined the Congress and the CPI in the protests at the CBI of­fice in Hy­der­abad. The three par­ties are plan­ning to con­test the Te­lan­gana elec­tions in an al­liance. Other par­ties, in­clud­ing the Dravida Mun­netra Kazhagam and the Rashtriya Janata Dal, have also added to the anti-govern­ment cho­rus.

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