IS RAHUL GANDHI MAIN OBSTACLE IN OPPOSITION PARTIES UNITY?Added At : Wed, 01/24/2018 - 12:56
Mulayam Singh Yadav, Lalu Prasad, Mayawati
Sharad Pawar to keep
distance from Rahul Gandhi
IS RAHUL GANDHI MAIN OBSTACLE IN
OPPOSITION PARTIES UNITY?
Why regional and smaller parties are
afraid of getting closer to Congress?
By R Rajagopalan
New Delhi political circles are now preparing
for 2019 Lok Sabha polls. There are flurry of activites
in 24 Akbar Road Congress headquarters, 11 Ashok Road
BJP headquarters, and at Rahul Gandhi residence 2 Thuqlak Lane
Amit Shah BJP leader residence at 10 Akbar Road.
In hush hush manner these places whispers have begun
about the Lok Sabha polls.
Internal politics of these Parties like seniors in
Congress like AK Antony, Moti Lal Vora, Gulam Nabi Azad,
Anand Sharma P Chidambaram are not being consulted, where
as Rahul Gandhi is encouraging only junior leaders who
are the below age of 40. Like Sachin Pilot, Jyotiraditya
Scindia, Milind Deora, Jatin Prasad, Ramya from Karnataka
all new faces. The buzz in Delhi is that AICC there is
a discomfort between elders and youngsters. Any senior
leaders meeting Sonia Gandhi are getting a polite kick
to go and meet Rahul Gandhi and not to discuss with her
General talk in Delhi political circles is that
Lok Sabha polls of 2019 is looming large, to take
a fight against BJP is very difficult. Public anger
against Modi is not there in north India, as it was
compared to Dr Manmohan SIngh regime,like 2G corruption
like CWG Coal scam like that. Though there are no negative
campaign against BJP Government and Modi, but
perception is that Modi gave a corruption free
Government in 4 years, plus some visible developmental
work has since been shown on ground and pubilc are watching
the growth like national highways having good roads
housing for poor etc.
AFTER SONIA GANDHI DEMITTED IS THERE A DISCOMFORT
FROM SENIOR OPPOSITION LEADERS ON RAHUL GANDHI?
Private conversations with senior Opposition leaders
this correspondent had, all show that there is a discomfort
on Rahul Gandhi.For his quick reactions, and not serious
in political formulations. Rahul Gandhi likes Arvind Kejriwal
type of hit and run politics. Cheap publicity like GabbarSingh Tax
GST, and call Arun Jaitley as Arun Jet-lie, meaning jaitley speaks
lies only. Such one liners are not expected from the AICC president
level. These are the comments heard among the Congress leaders.
Opposition leaders like Sonia Gandhi.
Such confidence has not yet come on Rahul. some feel
Rahul Gandhi is an obstacle to Opposition unity.
Senior leaders like Mulayam Singh Yadav, Lalu Prasad,
Mayawati Sharad Pawar are keen to distance from Congress.
But at the same time, these tall leaders
do not have a platform minus Congress.
Sharad Pawar is holding a meeting
in Mumbai to formalise the 2019 strategies.
Congress is left with TMC and DMK.If these smaller parties
Mamta Banerjee and MK Stalin are the two loyalits for Sonia
Gandhi than Rahul Gandhi.
2004,2009 Lok Sabha polls and the narratives were certainly
different from that of 2014. These poll campaigns were
with the leadership of Sonia Gandhi. The senior leaders
had a proper equation with her, politically these leaders
confided and maintained trust. She was truely anti BJP
and anti saffronisation. But that is not the case with
Rahul. Even during parliament session Mamta Banerjee
and Mulayam Singh Yadav are not on the same page on
internal issues of Parliament proceedings, like floor
coordination and scheming the particular hot subjects
and subsequent to that either walk out or block proceedings.
Mamta Banerjee does not believe in Congress. Despite the
CPM resolution, Mamta Banerjee realises that it is Sitaram
Yechury who has a complete hold on Rahul Gandhi. And it is
parroting the versions of CPM that Rahul is daily adopting
as Congress policies. That is why Mamta does not confide
anything to Rahul Gandhi.
The central focus on Opposition unity is the larger political
party, the pan India party Congress. 12-15 regional parties
and communists are backing out of Congress. Internal feelings
in socialists block leaders like Mulayam Singh Yadav and Lalu
Prasad is that Rahul Gandhi does not trust aged Congress leaders
and Rahul focus is for 2024 and not 2019. That is the main
reason, Mayawati recently made a statement that Congress should
not take BSP for granted for Amethi and Rae Bareli parliament
constituencies. BSP leader Mayawati feels that Sonia Gandhi was
more trustworthy than this "chokra" (Chokra in Hindi is small boy)
It is just a year away for Lok Sabha polls.Positioning
and planning for preparations for Lok Sabha itself take
six months to one year. More need is on poll campaign funds
Cash money for smaller and regional parties.
CPM central Committee rejection of a resolution to go with
Congress in 2019 Lok Sabha polls, is an eye opener for
COME APRIL CHORUS FOR OPPOSITION UNITY WILL INCREASE
Come April 2018, CPM and CPI congress are to be held.
Samajwadi Party leaders are meeting in April in Lucknow
to discuss future of its party and possible alliance.
Mayawati had declared that BSP will not join alliance
OMISSION OF SOME CONTENTS OF
A RAJA BOOK WAS A GLARING EXAMPLE.
It is at the request of Congress leadership that two chapters
of A Raja book on 2G were dropped - as that would have been
hinderance for the DMK and Congress alliance. A Raja directly
accused Congress for the 2G mess. He pointedly stated in his
dropped chapter that Dr Manmohan Singh and P Chidambaram
schemed his arrest. And did not defend DMK or A Raja.
When Congress brought pressure in December 2017, A Raja
was compelled to drop these two chapters. What does it indicate?
MK Stalin is vulnerable for pressures from Congress.
Whichever side you look at, 2019 polls look too different from
2014. Will there be an opposition unity at all? Are the smaller
parties ready to strike. do they have funds after demonetisation.
These questions have not answer. Time is the best healer to these problems
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