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Cong needs to be most accommodating for true rainbow coalition to emerge: RLD VP

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The will have to be "most accommodating" and give respect and support to the smaller parties for a "true rainbow coalition" to emerge, Rashtriya (RLD) said Sunday.

He, however, expressed confidence that a series of state-specific alliances, where like-minded parties would come together on an anti-BJP platform, was likely for the 2019

"Farm distress will be a key issue in our campaign," Chaudhary told in an interview.

candidate Tabassum Hasan, who was supported by the Samajwadi Party (SP), the and the Congress, had triumphed over her rival in the Kairana bypoll earlier this year and the Ajit Singh-led party has been advocating a "grand alliance" in to take on the BJP in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.

Chaudhary, the son of and the grandson of former Chaudhary Charan Singh, said both he and his father will contest the 2019 election. However, he added that the constituencies would be announced later.

On the BSP's decision to go alone in the Rajasthan, Madhya polls, he said had communicated her party's decision with regard to the state polls through a statement.

Asked if the would have to be more accommodating to give enough space to the regional parties, Chaudhary said, "The is the largest opposition party in Parliament today. Definitely, it will have to be most accommodating and give respect and support to the smaller parties for a true rainbow coalition to emerge.

"But also, to increase the size of the pie, I think all the partners will need to not stress on individual sizes as much."

Talking about the farmers' march to last week, the leader said the demands raised during the "yatra" received a huge support, especially on issues such as the rising costs of agriculture, debt relief and remunerative farm prices.

"In the past, there have been many social agitations in with a large number of people extending support. However, never have we seen a government so fearful of opposing voices, dissent and a people's agitation," he said.

Chaudhary also alleged that the BJP government was "adamant" not to allow the farmers to enter the national capital.

This only showed the arrogance of the rulers, he said.

"I am confident that the attempt at stifling dissent by employing the state machinery, whether in terms of police lathis or other means, will be punished by the voters," the 39-year-old said.

Talking about the issues his party will raise in the run-up to the 2019 polls, Chaudhary pointed out that the RLD had launched an innovative social media campaign, where it was asking the youth of to take selfies with potholes, tag the party and participate in the "SelfieWithGaddha" campaign.

He said the party's youth unit had recently organised three big events in Agra, and to highlight the disenchantment of the youth with the BJP government over its track record of job creation.

"The sugarcane issue is unfortunately far from being resolved. The farmers are not even getting the MSP for other crops. The rising diesel, and fertiliser prices have further added to their distress," Chaudhary said.

He accused the BJP government of having "failed" to tackle crime and corruption, while claiming that the "mishandling" of the economy was now hurting the middle class as well as small traders.

"So, the BJP will naturally divert the discourse away from these failures and talk about Bangladesh, etc. However, the RLD has hit the ground and is taking the real issues to the voters," Chaudhary asserted.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sun, October 07 2018. 14:35 IST
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