A divided house

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 4/14/2019 12:20:05 PM IST

 After the first phase of polling for the Lok Sabha on April 11 and subsequent phases which will continue till May 19, 2019 there are considerable speculations on what will be the post poll scenario or when counting takes place on May 23. The first is whether the Modi government will be able to retain power either on the strength of the NDA or with support of other regional political parties, if it runs short of the required number of 272 seats. The other speculation is whether the disparate and disunited opposition will ever be able to come together to forge a post-poll alliance? One of the problem of a likely scenario where a combination of non-NDA parties including Congress and the will succeed in forging an alliance? The non-NDA parties have failed to forge the mahagathbandan mainly since the national glue, the Congress, has not exactly been warm to the idea of playing a mute partner. Congress leaders still believe their party has a pan-India presence and therefore, it would be unbefitting if it agreed to play a distant second fiddle. However this stand of the Congress is not borne on the ground. For instance, in UP the Congress in 2009 won 21 seats but in 2014 it was reduced to a single digit of two seats only. The Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party have forged an alliance minus Congress for whom it was kind enough to leave two seats. Even in Andhra Pradesh, the Telugu Desam Party(TDP) which had announced an alliance with the Congress developed a change of heart and decided to go it alone and leaving the Congress in the lurch. In West Bengal, the Congress ensured it failed to forge an alliance with the TMC because the party was divided between the centre and state organisations. The AICC was willing to bargain for seats but the state unit refused on the ground that the party could fight it alone without begging for seats. Thus, the Congress will be fighting a lone battle versus NDA versus regional alliances. With a party organisation almost non existent in West Bengal and UP and other state units needing revamp, the Congress appears to be living in a fantasy land. After being rebuffed by the SP-BSP alliance in UP, the coming together with like-minded parties in other states too have stalled. The Congress has been left out by the Samajwadi Party(SP)-Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) alliance and it has failed to forge an alliance with the Left and TMC in West Bengal and with the ruling AAP in Delhi. Even the Left in Kerala is seeing red over the strange decision of Rahul Gandhi to contest from Wayanad in Kerala. This has hurt the CPI(M), which is peeved at the action and has vowed that it will use all its force to defeat Gandhi. Even in West Bengal, Rahul opened a ‘third front’ when he launched outbursts against West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee. Initially, Mamata did not respond but was later compelled not to allow Rahul’s outburst against her to go unchallenged. This does not bode well for the Opposition unity as it evoked an angry reaction from the TMC chief. There is a dichotomy among the opposition parties who are divided in their approach but united in their goal to defeat Modi. 

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