Opposition in limbo

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 3/14/2019 12:20:45 PM IST

 With less than a month before the Lok Sabha polls and with no ‘mahagathbandhan’ or grand alliance of opposition parties in sight, the psychological scale is tipping towards Modi and the NDA.After all those series of meetings among the desperate and disparate opposition parties to form the grand alliance in order to defeat/keep out Modi, that hope has faded and the plans have turned into a mirage. The BJP has been gearing up for the 2019 polls two years ago and prior to which it was busy on the drawing board. The BJP has also been seriously considering various aspects of alliances and even the worst case scenario. The BJP has also been filling its war kitty with huge resources and also strategizing programmes and projects before the poll announcements were made. BJP may have lost as many as 16 alliance partners but one of them-AGP- has gone back begging for seat adjustments. This after the party hit out with everything over the issue of Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016. The north east sends 24 MPs to the Lok Sabha and 14 out of which are from Assam. During the height of the anti-CAB stir, it was thought that the BJP would drown along with the controversial bill. BJP had not given up on the bill even though it craftily decided not to table it in the Rajya Sabha. The regional allies of the party in the north east were jubilant even if an unrepentant BJP vowed it would push through the bill after the Lok Sabha election. All the north east regional parties and allies of the BJP under NEDA were hugely embarrassed when the BJP reaffirmed its commitment to the CAB. However, they chose to ignore the BJP’s vow to push through the CAB and unashamedly clung on to the coat tails of the BJP as if it had given up the CAB once and for all. On the other hand the Congress failed to raise the stakes over CAB by failing to come out with a clear stand against the bill.The Congress, the only party that could have actually stopped the BJP, appears to have run out of steam after the occasional outbursts on Rafale. The Congress hasn’t actually exhibited a cohesive thought, instead appearing to be on an ad hoc mode with regard to the issue of whether to go it alone or placate potential allies. It couldn’t decide on alliance with AAP and inordinately delayed in making up its mind with regard to alliance with Mayawati and Akhilesh. Like some had commented, the Congress is like a rabbit caught in the headlights. On strategy, instead of putting its focus on various issues, the Congress has been reacting or responding to the BJP. First it spent two years playing catch up on Hindutva and bovine politics, convinced that these were the BJP’s pillars of support. However, a crafty BJP moved on to a new narrative “national security and counter-terrorism”. Now that the country is talking about these issues, the Congress doesn’t know what to do with its soft Hindutva and cow vigilantism, a desire it evinced in Madhya Pradesh. Thus, with less than a month left for polling, the Congress has not only undone itself but also left the opposition plans for a grand alliance in a limbo.

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