The meeting between Bihar CM Nitish Kumar and AICC President Mallikarjun Kharge rang the bells of the pursuit of a United Opposition against the BJP led by the charismatic PM Narendra Damodardas Modi. The recent win for the Congress in the recently concluded Karnataka State Elections has added some value to the otherwise decaying Grand Old Party of India. Regional parties are now considering the option of joining the Congress, which happens to be the only other party apart from the BJP with a pan-India presence.
Nitish Kumar and Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge meeting
The AICC President along with Rahul Gandhi was called upon by the Bihar CM Nitish Kumar in New Delhi on Monday to chalk the roadmap of the Opposition for the upcoming 2024 Parliamentary Elections. The ruling BJP would be aiming for a 3rd consecutive term at the Center, a feat that has never ever happened in independent India, while the Congress and those who are opposed to the ruling BJP are trying their best to thwart the BJP juggernaut. The recent Congress win in Karnataka replacing the ruling BJP in the state lit the hope inside the minds of the Congress and other regional parties that Modi might not be invincible after all.
The pursuit of removing the BJP from power is evident from the fact that Monday’s meeting happens to be the 2nd one between Nitish Kumar and Mallikarjun Kharge in the last one and half months. The meeting was also attended by Congress General Secretary K C Venugopal and JD(U) chief, Lalan Singh. The meeting also plans to rope-in the regional parties like AAP, TMC, etc. who have a significant regional presence to present a strong Opposition.
Will the Opposition unite under Nitish Kumar and Congress?
As Congress and JD(U) are working tirelessly to put up a strong Opposition against the ruling BJP, the leading face of the Opposition is not yet finalized. The probable reason for this could be attributed to the fact that there might be different views from the constituent parties in the Opposition for the coveted position. Infighting within the Congress itself in Karnataka was evident after their win, with regard to the CM designate and after a series of negotiations and finally Sonia Gandhi’s intervention, one of them stood down on the condition that the term of 5 years for the CM post will be divided equally between both Siddharamaiah and Shivakumar.
This infighting might take a totally different proportion with a number of regional parties getting together as a stiff battle for power would ensue even before the elections. BJP might be able to emerge victorious if they are able to capitalize on this infighting.
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