Stalin accused BJP of ‘interfering, snatching rights of the states’
Srinagar: Days after Tamil Nadu chief minister MK Stalin appealed to 37 political parties and politicians to jointly fight the threat of “bigotry and religious hegemony to India’s diverse and multicultural federation”, the PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti has extended the full support. Mehbooba was among the invitees.
“I appreciate @mkstalin ji’s initiative to get opposition parties on one platform to thwart BJPs communal & divisive agenda. PDP extends its full support. @DMKITwing,” Mehbooba wrote on her Twitter handle.
— Mehbooba Mufti (@MehboobaMufti) February 7, 2022
On Wednesday, the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) president and Tamil Nadu chief minister MK Stalin appealed to 37 political parties and politicians to jointly fight the threat of “bigotry and religious hegemony to India’s diverse and multicultural federation”.
“These forces can only be fought if all who believe in equality, self-respect, and social justice unite. It is not a question of political gain but re-establishing the pluralistic identity of our republic, as visualised by our founding fathers,” Stalin wrote in a letter to 37 politicians of various parties, barring the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
He, however, did not explain the “forces” he was referring to in the letter.
The 37 politicians include Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) founder Sharad Pawar, Maharashtra CM and Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray and West Bengal CM and head of the Trinamool Congress (TMC) Mamata Banerjee. The DMK chief also wrote to his arch rival party All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) politician O Panneerselvam.
On January 26, the DMK chief announced the launch of an ‘All India Federation for Social Justice’ as a common platform for the promotion of social justice and to bring about a common minimum programme to be uniformly adopted across states.
In his letter, Stalin asked various non-BJP parties to join the platform and nominate representatives to the same.
He sought the “same unity and conviction” as shown for the implementation of the Mandal Commission recommendations for reservations for Other Backward Classes in the 1990s.
A DMK release said the invite to join the platform was also sent to Lalu Prasad Yadav (RJD), Farooq Abdullah (National Conference), D Raja (CPI), Sitharam Yechury (CPI-M), HD Deve Gowda (JD-Secular), N Chandrababu Naidu (TDP), Naveen Patnaik (BJD), Mehbooba Mufti (PDP), Captain Amarinder Singh (Punjab Lok Congress) and Arvind Kejriwal (AAP).
The letter came a day after Stalin criticised the GoI Budget and ‘One Nation, One Registration’ plan for ease of doing business. He accused the BJP-led GoI of “interfering with” and “snatching away the rights of the states”.
In his letter, Stalin wrote that “repressive forces were challenging the progress made on the social justice front” and that “it is vital that all the progressive forces join hands to protect the interests of the oppressed.”
“Social justice as an ideology is simple — ‘everything for everyone’,” Stalin said, adding that everyone “deserves equal economic, political, and social rights and opportunities”.