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NCP calls for opposition unity to stop BJP juggernaut

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Amid call for opposition unity to take on post assembly polls in five states, today said the writing on the wall was clear for and asked it to "respect" everyone to halt the saffron party's juggernaut by stitching alliance.

It also dismissed the BJP's claims of "Congress-mukt Bharat" (Congress-free India), saying the situation was instead of a "Congress-yukt Bharat", referring to the outcome of assembly polls in Punjab, and

The gained majority in and emerged the single largest party in and in the polls held during February and March.

"The message for the (post and polls) is clear, respect everyone and expect everyone. In order to fight the ideologically, politically and electorally, we should have alliance of all democratic political parties," leader said.

Tripathi, a MP, said such alliance should be forged, beginning with polls scheduled for the current year including the President's election.

Replying to a query, he supported vice president Rahul Gandhi for charging the with "stealing" governments in and

"The engaged in horse trading there," he alleged.

Tripathi also criticised Governor Mridula Sinha for allegedly consulting Finance Minister Arun Jaitley before the staked claim for forming government in the coastal state despite not being the single largest party there.

"She (Sinha) herself has said in an interview (to an English daily) that she spoke to the Finance Minister after the single largest party there, Congress, did not show up (to stake claim for forming government).

"This is unheard of... A Governor speaking to Finance Minister on such issues, unconstitutional," Tripathi said.

To a question on lone MLA from Goa, Churchill Alemao, backing the during floor test, Tripathi said the party has already issued show cause notice to him and sought explanation.

He said the Election Commission is duty-bound to look into electronic voting machines tampering complaints made by some opposition parties after the assembly polls in five states.

The leader also hit out at clerics in Assam for issuing "fatwa" against 16-year-old singer from the state, Nahid Afrin, asking her to stay away from music programmes as it is "against sharia".

"The fatwa is against Islam and Constitution. Such people should be immediately arrested," he said.

Tripathi also demanded that the Centre took steps and asked Pakistan to trace head priest of Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah Syed Asif Nizami and his nephew Nazim Nizami, who have gone missing in the neighbouring country.

Meanwhile, has taken up the matter with Pakistan, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has said.

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First Published: Fri, March 17 2017. 18:28 IST