At unity show, Marandi sees hope

The BJP's downfall has begun from Karnataka, former chief minister and JVM chief Babulal Marandi declared on Wednesday, after a rare show of Opposition unity during the swearing-in of JDS leader H.D. Kumaraswamy in Bangalore to which he and JMM executive president Hemant Soren were invited.

By Our Correspondent in Ranchi
  • Published 24.05.18
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Marandi who was in Bangalore on Wednesday

Ranchi: The BJP’s downfall has begun from Karnataka, former chief minister and JVM chief Babulal Marandi declared on Wednesday, after a rare show of Opposition unity during the swearing-in of JDS leader H.D. Kumaraswamy in Bangalore to which he and JMM executive president Hemant Soren were invited.

After the oath, Marandi and other senior Opposition leaders held a closed-door meeting to chalk out plans for the 2019 general elections. Marandi said the meeting discussed “how to save democracy” from the “onslaught” of BJP.

Karnataka has set a precedent… if the Opposition stands united, the BJP can be driven out. In fact, the countdown for BJP (debacle) has started. Parties have decided to join hands… the same will happen in Jharkhand,” he said over telephone.

The JVM chief lambasted the BJP for terming the JDS-Congress alliance in Karnataka unholy. “The BJP is sore over its defeat. Its invincible image has suffered a big blow. The party should first explain whether formation of governments in Goa, Bihar and Meghalaya were ethical,” he said.

Marandi said he favoured an alliance of Opposition parties in Jharkhand. The JMM echoed similar sentiments. “Our party’s working president Hemant Soren favours Opposition unity against the BJP and communal forces. He has conveyed (to us) that a united Opposition alone can take on the BJP in Jharkhand,” said Abhishek Prasad, a close aide of Hemant.