Opposition unity is disintegrating at the very beginning of ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’?
At this time in the country, there is a long discussion on opposition unity in opposition to BJP. From Telangana CM K Chandrashekhar Rao and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. Sharad Pawar is also waiting for the right ‘clock’ to grab this opportunity. After camping in Delhi for several days, Nitish has returned to Patna saying that he will launch a campaign again after Sonia Gandhi returns from abroad. On the other hand, after Sonia, the ‘Sarveserva’ of Congress, Rahul Gandhi has started ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’ against the BJP government. But, as his journey progresses, the claims and efforts of opposition unity have started to be questioned. At present, there are at least five such instances, which seem to be as difficult to implement as the claims made about opposition unity.
‘Join India or add seats?’
First of all take a look at the direct attack by CPM led by Left Front government in Kerala on Congress’s ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’ on the pretext of it. The party has targeted this visit of Rahul Gandhi through Twitter. The party has questioned whether it is ‘India Jodo or Seat Jodo? 18 days in Kerala and 2 days in UP. Unique way to fight BJP-RSS. This is the same CPM, which is supporting the Nitish government in Bihar, in which the Congress party is also involved and has also fought the elections with him.
Congress should give ‘driving seat’ to regional parties: Tejashwi
The most recent example of how challenging it is to talk about opposition unity and make it come true on the ground, is a statement given by Bihar Deputy CM and RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav. In an interview to The Hindu on Sunday, he said that in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections where regional parties are strong, the Congress should allow them to sit in the “driving seat” against the BJP. What Tejashwi is saying could have been considered correct for big states like Bihar, UP and West Bengal, but the problem is that all the opposition parties are not really unanimous in taking the Congress along.
Looking for non-Congress alternative to JDS-TRS!
Now let’s look at an ET report. According to this, on Sunday itself, there was a discussion between Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao and former Karnataka CM and JDS HD Kumaraswamy in Hyderabad regarding the current political situation in the country. People with knowledge of this meeting have been quoted as saying that both the leaders have talked about working for opposition unity. But, according to a TRS functionary, they agreed on the view that the people of the country were ready for the ‘non-Congress’ option and regional parties should come together to take on the BJP. These two parties also have political rivalry with the Congress in their respective states and this mess is getting stuck in the opposition unity from now on. Whereas, KCR has also come together with Nitish and Tejashwi in Bihar under this campaign.
Kejriwal’s separate preparation is going on
Another weak link in opposition unity against the BJP is the ruling Aam Aadmi Party of Delhi and Punjab. Nitish, who recently left his oldest ally BJP in Bihar, has certainly tried to make party supremo Arvind Kejriwal a part of the mission, but Kejriwal and Co. . Rather, the party seems to be preparing to try its supremo once again against Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself. In the midst of so many contradictions, it is very difficult to estimate how far the strategy of opposition pairs is successful.
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‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’ not UPA’s journey: NCP leader
Congress and NCP are still involved in Maha Vikas Aghadi in Maharashtra. NCP is also a part of UPA. But, the party has distanced itself from the ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’ of the Congress. According to media reports, when former Deputy CM of Maharashtra and senior NCP leader Ajit Pawar was asked about this yatra whether it would affect the election results of 2024, he said that this Congress has taken out its Bharat Jodo Yatra. This is not UPA’s India-Jodi Yatra.