Indigenous leader says he will remain ‘national’ after ‘very tough’ election
Former Indian and national Indigenous leader Jagdish Tiwari said he would remain “national” after being elected leader of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party.
Tiwari was sworn in as the leader of Indian National Congress (INC) in a dramatic, controversial swearing in ceremony on Thursday, just two days before polls open for the 2019 general elections.
The 74-year-old leader, who was once a member of the Congress party, has been the party’s political spokesman for years and has previously spoken out on the rights of indigenous people and the environment.
Tewari told NDTV that he was confident of winning the 2019 polls and hoped the new government would support his efforts to fight climate change and fight corruption.
He also called for an end to the “fear and mistrust” that has existed between indigenous people, and the political system that has led to “factions”.
“I think we need to make a political commitment to resolve the differences that we have in the country, and I will continue to work on this in a national way,” Tiwar said.
The Indian Congress party has been in power since 1990.
The ruling party has said it will form a government after elections to replace the Bharatiyas Prime Minister Narendra Modi.