On Friday, Kemal Kilicdaroglu, leader of the main opposition, Republican People’s Party (CHP), reacted to the defamatory quote “alliance of dishonor” used by both Nationalist Party (MHP) leader, Devlet Bahceli, and later by his election ally, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in an effort to denounce opposition parties.
At the end of February, Erdogan alleged that CHP allies with pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP), Islamist Felicity Party (SP) and Nationalist Good Party (IYI), calling them an “alliance of dishonor” ahead of the March 31 local elections.
Kilicdaroglu accused Erdogan of discriminating against citizens. “We do not discriminate against people as other political parties do,” he said. The main opposition leader pointed out two allies, the ruling AKP and MHP, blaming them for causing conflict during his election rally in the western province of Usak.
“We are in a race for performance and service. There is no need to fight. There is no point in causing conflict,” a calm Kilicdaroglu added. He stated that he could also snap his rivals’ heads off, referring to the notorious ways of the Turkish President. “However, this will not achieve anything,” he concluded.
Labeling the opposition an “alliance of dishonor” was not the only attack by the President. Erdogan also blamed opposing parties and their supporters as being terrorists who are aligned with terrorist organizations.
The nationalist opposition, Good Party (lYI Parti) leader, Meral Aksener, lashed out at President Erdogan last week, saying, “How can you say all opposition voters are terrorists? How can you describe the opposition alliance “a dishonor” when it is supported by 17 million people?”
Kilicdaroglu harshly criticized Erdogan, claiming that the AKP hasn’t been ruling the country efficiently and was, instead, always targeting the opposition. “After ruling the country for 17 years,” he stated, “Erdogan has impoverished the public and made poor people queue to buy cheap fruit and vegetables.”
Erdogan blamed markets for the rise in food prices and caused turmoil for what he called “food terrorism” in early February. “They have begun to play games in Turkey. The prices have begun to escalate. This is terrorism,” he said.
Subsequently, Erdogan ordered the setup of state-run bazaars, selling vegetables at discounted prices.