Nationalistic opposition leader accuses the ruling bloc to act with pro-Kurdish party
A key Turkish nationalistic opposition leader on Wednesday accused the ruling bloc to liaise with pro-Kurdish HDP (Peoples’ in a move that signaled a hike in the nationalistic tone of the opposition bloc, further distancing itself from the Kurdish votes ahead of a critical presidential elections in June next year.
Ultranationalist Good Party leader Meral Aksener claimed the ruling AKP (Justice and Development Party) and HDP acted in “unison against the republic” commenting on a visit by the former to the latter as part of preparation for a constitutional amendment in the parliament.
“Welcome to the staged act to harm the Turkish Republic. Long wait is over. The company is together again. After all they were never separated, they were never crossed,” Aksener said.
Last week, a delegation including Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag and AKP group deputy chair Mustafa Elitas visited opposition parties including the HDP to discuss the new constitutional amendment that the ruling AKP is preparing on headscarf and family issues in a move that surprised the political circles as AKP denied the very existence of HDP in the parliament saying it has connections with the PKK (Kurdistan Workers’ Party)
Six opposition parties of Turkey including the Good Party and the main opposition CHP (Republican People’s Party) which formed the “Nation’s Alliance” have until now avoided getting close to HDP not to lose nationalist votes.
Aksener accused President Tayyip Erdogan of falsely blaming the Nation’s Alliance to act with the HDP.
“He was seeking the HDP in our table but found it near his ministers,” Aksener said.