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On the invitation of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, leaders of anti-BJP parties had arrived in Patna last days to defeat the BJP in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. Forgetting not only the political differences of the past, but also the words arrows and allegations made against each other, the leaders of the opposition parties gathered only to get the Modi government out of power. If everyone comes to power together, then who will lead, now despite disagreeing on this one thing, they are preparing to meet in Shimla next month.

Regarding the Patna meeting of opposition parties, political experts believe that disunity is coming to the fore even before unity, why it is being said that the developments and the feelings expressed by the leaders of the opposition parties are behind this. From Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Lalu Prasad’s remarks on Rahul Gandhi’s marriage to Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Sharad Pawar’s Common Minimum Program uniting him with projecting himself as an important member of the larger opposition family. The suggestion of the necessary first step towards establishing a peaceful settlement is not taken into account and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee advises Arvind Kejriwal and Rahul to resolve their differences on the Ordinance for Delhi by holding talks, instead of collectively wasting everyone’s time. These were all interesting public aspects of this meeting and of course things behind the scenes were equally interesting. Sources in the opposition say that the venue for the next two meetings has already been decided and the next meeting will be held in Shimla and then in Chennai. Equally interesting was each leader’s perception of what should be the basis of opposition unity. Pawar called for preparing a common minimum programme, while MK Stalin of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) exhorted everyone there to prepare a common program for unity. The doctrine of unity of opposition was widely introduced such as curtailing federal powers of states, use of food security as a political weapon against opposition-ruled states, misuse of statutory security agencies and attempts to prevent division of votes. Issues related to the need to field a common opposition candidate against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate in the Lok Sabha elections for the Although its details were not talked about. According to Congress sources, the way forward for unity is a ‘shared agenda’ and a common minimum program may come later. Those present during the meeting said that Rahul’s gesture was that of an audience. He allowed party president Kharge to speak on the issue raised by Kejriwal before anything else happened as the Congress had to clarify its stand on the ordinance dealing with the powers of the Delhi government. Significantly, the Supreme Court’s order on the division of powers between the Center and the Delhi government, seemed to give a balanced advantage to the elected government, but then the Center promulgated an ordinance that ensured that Delhi remained under its control. Kejriwal complained that the Congress was not supporting the Aam Aadmi Party on the ordinance issue, then Kharge took the party’s side instead of Rahul on this complaint. Rahul said in his speech, ‘I do not remember who is my enemy and who is my rival. I have come here with a sense of neutrality in mind. We are all together. Veterans trying to forge opposition unity say the meeting stood out for the fact that it met the challenge of bringing so many disparate groups to the table. A day later, Tejashwi Yadav said, ‘In the meeting, leaders from Kashmir to Kanyakumari came together with the sole purpose of defeating the fascist forces. The next Lok Sabha election will not be about Narendra Modi or any other person but about the common people. A Congress MP said, ‘What would be an alternative approach after 10 years of Modi’s rule? When you consider that in Kerala, which is ruled by the Left Front, the state Congress president was arrested by the state government on a day when the opposition was allegedly meeting to discuss unity, you are sure. One wonders from where the unity is going to come. He asks, ‘If unity is not based on values ​​and principles, how will we achieve it?’

Instead of preparing to contest the 2024 elections on the basis of any principle, the united parties against the BJP are making their unity the basis of defeating the BJP. But the test of fire for these parties is going to happen only in the assembly elections of five states to be held before 2024. It will be difficult for the opposition parties to overcome this obstacle on the basis of which number of seats and which common program will be contested in the assembly elections.

The issues of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Telangana and Mizoram are different and the priorities of the parties are different. Congress will have to make maximum sacrifice for opposition unity. The unity of the opposition parties is not possible without the Congress. Despite understanding this, other parties want to pursue their political interests by putting pressure on the Congress itself. Time will tell how much pressure the Congress can bear, but right now the country’s oldest party and the second largest party after the BJP is definitely under pressure in the name of opposing the BJP, because in the end, the Congress itself will be in the dock for disintegration. This opposition party will stand.

– Irwin Khanna (Chief Editor, Dainik Uttam Hindu)

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