Kalaburagi: The meeting of leaders of like-minded opposition parties scheduled for July 13 to discuss the strategy to take for the July 18 Presidential elections has been postponed to July 17, said Opposition leader in Rajya Sabha Leader Mallikarjun Kharge.
Speaking to the mediapersons, Kharge explained that the date had been changed because some leaders had other engagements on July 13. Leaders will attend the meeting either in person or virtually, he said.
He claimed that Jharkhand Mukti Morcha had not yet made it known that it supported Yashwant Sinha, the joint candidate of the opposition. Sharad Pawar, the former Chief Minister of Maharashtra and leader of the NCP, has been promised support from AAP, he said. “Winning or losing is secondary. To protect democracy, there is an ideological fight. We need unity among the Opposition for that,” he said.
Kharge called the violence in Sri Lanka a “unfortunate development” in his remarks. When asked if India will have a similar economic crisis, Kharge responded that he did not want to compare the two nations’ economic situations. “We warned our PM about rising inflation and the state of our economy. However, he pays them no attention. Sri Lanka is a country from which our nation may learn,” he remarked.
Kharge reacted on the happenings in Goa saying, “It is a matter of shame that the BJP is trying to engage in Operation Lotus in Goa. Only in the Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha, and a few states like UP, does the BJP hold a majority of its own. With the help of MLAs who switched parties in other states, the government was formed. The BJP’s main objective is to get power, and they would do everything to do it.”