NCP chief Sharad Pawar thinks history might repeat itself, senses 1977 like situation when Indira Ga

Updated:  Jun 04, 2018, 01:00 PM

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In 1977  the united opposition led to the defeat of then Congress government led by Indira Gandhi and now may result in the defeat of Modi government.

Sharad pawar invited all opposition parties to unite and take BJP down in the next year’s Lok Sabha elections. “Most of the bypoll results went against the ruling party (BJP). This is not a small thing,” he said after meeting the Lok Sabha member  Bhandara-Gondiya Madhukar Kukade, who belongs to NCP. “There have been some occasions earlier where bypoll defeats have culminated into the defeat of the government of the time,” the  former union minister told the reporters .

Pawar who earlier belonged to Congress , recalled that in 1977 too, the united opposition  had resulted in the defeat of the then Congress government led by Indira Gandhi and added a similar situation is prevailing now.

“The anti-BJP parties who believe in democracy and having a common minimum programme (CMP) should keep in mind the wishes of the people and come together. I would be happy to be part of the process to unite all like-minded parties,” said Pawar.

To this context, Pawar said parties which have strong presence in states, need to build a consensus. Dealing a blow to the BJP, opposition parties last week emerged victorious in 11 out of the 14 Lok Sabha and Assembly bypolls, while limiting BJP and its allies to just three.


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