Fascist challenge posed by BJP: CM says in Pune

Country must maintain its secular credentials to progress, says Chavan

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Without naming Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi, Maharashtra chief minister Prithviraj Chavan on Monday said that BJP is posing the challenge of fascism before the nation when the country is approaching a milestone general elections.

He was speaking at the inauguration of a training centre for the activists established by S M Joshi Socialist Foundation and Nanasaheb Goray Akademi. Socialist veteran Bhai Vaidya, President of the S M Joshi Socialist Foundation, G G Parikh, trustee secretary of the foundation Subhash Ware and other’s were present at the event.

Predicting that next year’s general elections could be a milestone in the country’s history, Chavan said, “BJP has taken a decision to pose fascist challenge before the nation. And, soon after the decision, the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) has shackled with Janata Dal (United) parting its ways from the alliance.”

Chavan further said, “If at all the country wants to progress any further, then there is a challenge to maintain it’s secular credentials and in this context leaders like S M Joshi and Nanasaheb Goray are more relevant today than never before.”

Chief Minister also said, “Congress party has not done away with the essence of socialist thought. After the advent of liberalisation in 1991, the connotation of the word socialist was changing and an ideological churning was going on in the country.”

G G Parikh said, “There is a need to ensure that there are no more Godhras when the politics of the country is at the crossroads. BJP has brought a person who would try to divide society on a communal line and we should not allow it.”

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