Shiv Sena Urges Opposition To Unite Against BJP, Says UPA Leadership Is Secondary | India News

MUMBAI: Reacting to poll strategist Prashant Kishor’s comment on the “divine right of leadership,” Shiv Sena spokesman Saamana said on Saturday that the opposition must first unite against the Bharatiya Janata Party ( BJP) before deciding who will be the leader of the United Progressive Alliance (AUP).
It comes after Prashant Kishor targeted Congress declaring that its leadership was not an individual’s divine right and pointed out that the party has lost over 90% of elections in the past 10 years.
The editorial urged opposition parties not to attack Congress in an attempt to gain power.
“Congress is still there in many states. In Goa and the northeastern states, Congress leaders have joined Trinamool and so is the AAP,” Saamana said.
The editorial also said that forming an alliance like the UPA would only strengthen the BJP.
“Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi should take the lead and come forward to strengthen the PAU,” Saamana suggested.
Shiv Sena also appreciated Priyanka Gandhi’s efforts during the Lakhimpur Kheri incident and said: “If Priyanka had not visited Lakhimpur Kheri, the case would have been closed. She played her role as leader of the opposition.
“Who has the divine power to lead the UPA is secondary, we must first offer an option to the people,” he added.
Mamata’s “there is no UPA” remark after meeting in Mumbai with Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Sharad Pawar, a congressional ally in Maharashtra, elicited a strong reaction from several leaders of the opposition.
At an event in Mumbai, the leader of the TMC said that if all the regional parties come together, it would be very easy to defeat the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
The Trinamool Congress was once part of the UPA or United Progressive Alliance, an alliance of several parties including Congress which held power at the Center for 10 years from 2004 to 2014.
After the TMC’s landslide victory in the West Bengal assembly polls held earlier this year, Mamata continually argues for a strong alternative at the national level but indirectly attacks Congress.
Congress received a major shake up in Meghalaya after 12 of its 17 deputies joined Congress from Trinamool, making it the main opposition in the state. One of the prominent figures of the new entrants is the former chief minister of Meghalaya, Mukul Sangma.
TMC has seen a steady stream of leaders join its ranks after leaving Congress in recent months. In September, former Goan chief minister Luizinho Faleiro joined TMC after resigning from a majority of congressmen. After Faleiro’s change, nine other congressional leaders also joined TMC.
Congressman from Silchar of Assam and former President of Congress All India Mahila, Sushmita Dev joined the TMC in August this year. She was assigned to look after TMC business in Tripura.
Additionally, Luizinho Faleiro and Sushmita Dev both secured seats at Rajya Sabha after joining TMC.
Congress leader Kirti Azad and former Haryana Congress President Ashok Tanwar have also recently joined TMC. Tanwar was once a close associate of Rahul Gandhi.

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