New Delhi: Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejashwi Yadav on Tuesday said that the Lok Sabha Elections 2019 will be a contest between the ideologies of “Mandal, Ambedkar and Gandhi” on one side and of “Godse and Golwalkar” on the other. Also Read - For Bihar Polls, BJP to Assign 'Major Responsibility' to Former Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis: Reports
Launching a scathing attack on the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government, Yadav also alleged that the people sitting in the government were “promoting conflict” between religions in the country. Also Read - Rajasthan Political Crisis Ends, at Least For Now, as Gehlot Wins Trust Vote in Assembly
“I believe the fight in 2019 will be Mandal, Ambedkar and Gandhi versus Godse and Golwalkar. Let us see who has the strength. I think it’s time to ideologically finish the followers of Kamandal,” the Leader of Opposition in Bihar Assembly said at an event on ‘role of youth in contemporary politics’ in the country organised by a forum of students and teachers of the JNU, the DU and Jamia Millia Islamia. Also Read - 'Strongest Soldier Always Sent to the Border': Sachin Pilot on Change of Seating in Rajasthan Assembly
Alleging that the economy and the constitution of the country are under “threat”, Yadav said efforts are being made to pitch religions against one another and people sitting in the government are “promoting” it in a hidden manner.
Taking on Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) over the issue of patriotism, the former deputy chief minister of Bihar said, “Will those who can not unfurl the tricolour in Nagpur (where the RSS is headquartered) will distribute certificate of patriotism.”
Former Bihar Chief Minister Lalu Yadav’s son appealed the youth to unite for struggle against divisive forces, while claiming that his father fought for social justice without any compromise. “My father challenged the forces of communalism and Manuwadis in power and that is why he has been framed. But he has emerged stronger out of this struggle,” he said.
He also took a jibe at the prime minister, saying if everyone started selling “Pakoras” who will buy them. “Narendra Modi sold dreams to the youth for becoming the prime minister. The reality of his promises are there for everyone to see.” Yadav said.
Tejashwi Yadav also declared that the youth wing of Rashtriya Janta Dal (RJD) will participate in the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students elections this year and will also contest the DU elections next time.
Earlier on August 25, Tejashwi Yadav had said that their fight is not about ousting Prime Minister Narendra Modi from power but to save the country and constitution. Putting the onus on Congress, Yadav said that being the largest opposition party it had a huge responsibility of unifying the other different parties. He added that it was their responsibility to coordinate between different parties and bring them together. He further insisted that everyone should keep their egos aside and fight together for the upcoming 2019 Lok Sabha polls.
(With PTI inputs)