Miffed Cong warns of split in anti-BJP votes

Sunday Express - - INDIA - AMIT AG­NI­HOTRI

MIFFED over be­ing left out in the BSP-SP al­liance in Ut­tar Pradesh, the Congress warned the SP and BSP that the move might prove to be po­lit­i­cally dan­ger­ous as they may be blamed for di­vid­ing anti-BJP votes ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elec­tions.

“The col­lec­tive aim of the Op­po­si­tion is to de­feat the au­to­cratic BJP and the one-man­rule in the coun­try. The pub­lic will blame those who di­vide the Op­po­si­tion vote to­wards this goal. The move could be po­lit­i­cally dan­ger­ous for those who ig­nore the larger ob­jec­tive,” Congress spokesper­son Abhishek Manu Singhvi said.

Re­fus­ing to be side­lined, the party in­di­cated it was all set to go alone in UP. “The next Lok Sabha polls will be a fight be­tween BJP’s au­toc­racy and the Congress’ democ­racy,” se­nior party leader Man­ish Te­wari said.

Party sources said they were wary of the BSP and the SP af­ter both par­ties missed a re­cent Op­po­si­tion meet dur­ing the Win­ter Ses­sion of Par­lia­ment but al­leged that the BJP was mis­us­ing the cen­tral agen­cies to hound the two UP giants.

“It is easy to un­der­stand why Akhilesh Ya­dav’s name is sud­denly be­ing dragged in a fiveyear-old sand min­ing scam. The cen­tral agen­cies are be­ing mis­used to threaten the BJP’s ri­vals. The PM has started the pol­i­tics of re­venge in the coun­try,” said Singhvi. Other par­ties which have been reg­u­lars at the anti-BJP meets in the past wel­comed the al­liance.

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