JP attacking Constitutional institutions, says Farooq
BNew Delhi: Accusing the BJP of attacking Constitutional institutions, National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah said on Thursday that “democracy is in danger” as he met NCP leader Sharad Pawar and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu.
“Democracy is in danger. People are in danger,” he told the media, as he announced that he along with Naidu and Pawar would convene a meeting of opposition parties to take on the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
The country was going through a “great crisis”, he added at Pawar’s residence.
Naidu said the country was facing a lot of problems and the situation was “deteriorating day by day”.
He said they wanted to discuss the issues with leaders of other political parties including Congress President Rahul Gandhi.
“We will have a meeting in Delhi and then chalk out the future (plan of action).”
The Telugu Desam Party leader said they were not coming together out of any greed for power.
Pawar said that institutions were being attacked. If “we work collectively to save democracy, we can save the institutions”, he said.
“We will call a meeting of (opposition) leaders and discuss specific programmes,” he said.
During his visit to Delhi last week, Naidu met Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, BSP leader Mayawati, Loktrantrik Janata Dal leader Sharad Yadav, former Union Minister Yashwant Sinha and CPI leaders D. Raja and S. Sudhakar Reddy apart from Abdullah.
The meetings are seen as part of efforts to bring together the opposition against the BJP-led alliance in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
It was Naidu’s suggestion that all non-BJP parties should meet, discuss the current situation in the country and take some steps, he added.
Naidu, a former BJP ally who quit the NDA early this year over the Centre’s refusal to grant special status to Andhra Pradesh, said he will meet non-BJP political leaders, including Congress president Rahul Gandhi, and convince them about the need to fight collectively against the BJP.
Earlier, Naidu “coincidentally” also met senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad at the Indira Gandhi International Airport here and briefly discussed about the need to bring all non-BJP parties together, TDP sources said.