JD(U) veteran Sharad Yadav calls on Opposition to save Indian Culture

New Delhi: Sharad Yadav,who haslocked his horns with Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is all set to show strength with opposition leaders today. The 'Sabha virasat bachao sammelan,' being held in the Constitution club will also involve leaders such as Rahul Gandhi, Akhilesh Yadav and Sitaram Yechury.

According to ANI, "Sharad Yadav has announced that he will convene a 'Sajha Virasat Bachao Sammelan' on Thursday based on saving composite culture."

Addressing a press conference, Yadav said that the gathering will be attended by leaders of the Opposition parties, intellectuals, farmers, Dalits and tribals from across the country, according to ANI.

Veteran Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said," The real JD(U) belongs to Sharad Yadav. Nitish Ji's is BJP (U). Attacking BJP veteran politician Farooq Abdullah said, "There is no threat from outsiders to India, be it China or Pakistan, the main threat is from within the county who are taking the country down. 

Top leaders of the Congress, the Left, Samajwadi Party, BSP, TMC and other parties opposed to the BJP were invited to the programme which is being seen as Yadav's show of strength against his party chief Nitish Kumar's decision to ally with the BJP

Asserting that "composite culture" was the soul of the Constitution, which Yadav alleged was being "tinkered with", he said similar meetings would be held across the country.

While refusing to answer questions on his disapproval of Bihar Chief Minister Kumar's alliance with the BJP, the former JD(U) chief said the decision to hold the event was taken weeks ago, when his party was with the loose opposition group

He cited incidents such as the suicide of Rohith Vemula and the disappearance of JNU student Najeeb Ahmed, besides suicides of farmers across the country, to suggest that the situation was tough for underprivileged people

While supporting Prime Minister Narendra Modi's comments against violence in the name of faith, Yadav said it was not reflected on the ground and Modi needed to tell his party's governments to follow his dictum

The JD(U), which has asked Yadav not to hold the event, removed him as its parliamentary party leader in the Rajya Sabha when he continued with his campaign against the alliance with the BJP

Yadav was accompanied by Ali Anwar Ansari, a Rajya Sabha member suspended from the parliamentary party by the JD(U), and Arun Shrivastava, recently sacked from the post of general secretary.

News24Bureau with Agencies