Oppn candidate for President polls will unite parties against BJP: Sharad Yadav

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 01 May 2017 09:32:42


A UNITED Opposition candidate for the presidential election will be the beginning of unity among non-BJP parties to take on the BJP, senior JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav, seen as one of the probable Opposition choices, said on Sunday.

Having met Congress chief Sonia Gandhi last week as part of efforts to put up a joint Opposition candidate for the high-stakes polls, the former JD(U) president said the success of this exercise could go a long way in arresting the BJP’s surge across the country. He said unity in the Opposition ranks is the need of the hour as a division in the non-BJP votes has been a key reason behind the saffron party’s win in the recent Assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh and the Delhi civic elections.

Asked about the likelihood of major Opposition parties agreeing to back a common candidate against the BJP-led NDA’s choice, he told PTI that he was “hopeful” that it will happen. “We are making efforts to get as many Opposition parties as possible on a common platform for the presidential election. A joint candidate will be the beginning of the coming together of Opposition parties against the BJP,” he said.