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Post-poll alliance ok, says Sitaram Yechury

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Published May 24, 2018, 1:55 am IST
Updated May 24, 2018, 1:55 am IST
CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury shakes hands with WB Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
Sitaram Yechury
 Sitaram Yechury

BENGALURU: Amid the show of unity by Opposition parties on Wednesday,  Chief Ministers of Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal, N Chandrababu Naidu and Mamata Banerjee, batted for unity among  regional parties ahead of Lok Sabha elections in 2019 even as Communist Party of India (Marxist) General Secretary, Sitaram Yechury asserted that only a post-poll alliance would help in formation of the new government in New Delhi. 

Speaking to media persons on the sidelines of swearing-in ceremony of Chief Minister, H. D. Kumarswamy and Deputy Chief Minister, Dr G. Parameshwara,  Mr Yechury who had  sent shockwaves across the country by actually shaking hands with his arch rival in West Bengal, the fiery Ms Barnerjee,  said: “There are already set examples be it in 1996 or in 2009 when fronts were formed only after the polls.  At this juncture, what is more important is coming together of the opposition ahead of polls and setting up agenda.”

 

Welcoming the move by Opposition parties to come together, Mr Yechury said it augurs well. “We need not focus on the shape of the front at this juncture. Instead of focusing on shape of the front at this juncture, let us focus on the agenda first and unity of the Opposition,” he added. 

Mr Yechury’s statement assumes significance in the wake of CPM’s running feud with Trinamul Congress in West Bengal.

Meanwhile, rebel Janata Dal (United) leader, Sharad Yadav, said today’s show of unity was just the beginning. “Opposition parties coming together is a good sign,” he said. 

 

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Location: India, Karnataka, Bengaluru




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