Sharad’s 'save composite culture' meeting in Indore today CPM among other Oppn parties to join

29 Aug 2017

Taking his battle against the BJP to the states ruled by it, rebel JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav is organising the opposition's "save composite culture" meet in Indore tomorrow. Yadav said opposition leaders, including Digvijay Singh and Anand Sharma of the Congress, Sitaram Yechury of the CPI-M and Tariq Anwar of the NCP besides representatives of major Opposition parties  will attend the meeting in Madhya Pradesh tomorrow. The BJP-ruled state had recently witnessed violent protests in Mandsaur by a section of farmers, and opposition leaders hope to build a campaign against the saffron party in the state that has  emerged as its bastion. It has been in power there for the last 14 years. The state will face the assembly polls by the end of next year along with Chhattisgarh and  Rajasthan, two other states ruled by the BJP. "I will hold a similar campaign in Gujarat and Rajasthan. I will go to other states too," he said. The "save composite culture" meet was organised at the national level on August 17 in which Yadav  had made clear his intentions to defy his party chief Nitish Kumar's move to ally with the BJP,  claiming that the country's secularism and pluralism was under attack in the NDA government. "The country's youth need to be told and made aware about the values of our Constitution when issues like cow and love jihad have become part of our public discourse," he said.(PTI)