says Sharad Yadav on political landscape after Karnataka
Veteran politician Sharad Yadav has been an 11 term Member of Parliament, Union minister, and convener of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA). Now an active player in forging Opposition unity against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Yadav spoke to Prashant canada goose outlet black friday Jha and Kumar Uttam about the national political landscape after the assembly elections in Karnataka. Edited excerpts:
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Count the number of seats here. They came from the Ganga and they will disappear from the Ganga.
But this Ganga belt has also seen serious Hindu Muslim conflicts, from the Jat Muslim tensions to Dalit Muslim violence. How will you manage that?
Their (the BJP election speeches are geared towards religious tensions. Their aim is to trigger caste conflict. All that they do is act against the Constitution and composite culture. There are so many religions, castes, subcastes. There are so many contradictions here.
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