AAP ready to align with ‘good people’

Signalling AAP’s willingness to join opposition in the fight against BJP, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday had a breakfast meeting with Kerala Chief Minister and senior CPI(M) leader Pinarayi Vijayan here where he called for an alliance of “all good people”.

Kejriwal went to Kerala House this morning for a breakfast meeting with Vijayan, a senior CPI(M) Polit Bureau member who is in Delhi to attend party Central Committee meeting, where they discussed political developments in the country. Kerala CPI(M) Secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, who is also a Polit Bureau member, was present during the meeting.

The meeting assumes significance as opposition parties are trying to forge unity to take on BJP, which has tasted electoral victories in the recent polls. CPI(M) has said that Left and democratic forces should come out with an alternative programme to counter BJP and not fall into narrative set by BJP.

After the meeting, Kejriwal told reporters that power is in the hands of “wrong forces” who are “getting an edge”. To fight this, he said “all good people should come together”. He was responding to a question if the meeting was a signal of a new alliance between AAP and other opposition parties.

His comments came against the backdrop of remarks by BSP chief Mayawati and Samajwadi Party supremo Akhilesh Yadav that they were willing for an opposition coalition.

With its confrontational politics, most of the opposition parties have been keeping AAP at arms length and they were not part of some of the united opposition’s programmes in the recent times.

“There is an atmosphere of fear. The business community, industrialists, media people or commoners, everybody is afraid of the situation in this country, which is wrong. Those who raise the voice of dissent against the Centre are being muzzled,” Kejriwal, who discussed a “range of issues” with Vijayan.

Vijayan also echoed Kejriwal about the “situation of fear” in the country. “The situation in our country is very serious. We have discussed the fear in the society created by the RSS,” Vijayan said.

(Apr 19, 2017)


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