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Daggers drawn by the opposition against NDA

By Vinod

New Delhi, Aug 4: Though it is too early to say that opposition political parties will join hands to take on the Modi juggernaut but they have been able to put up a good show at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi against Nitish Kumar-led Bihar government for failing to take appropriate action against culprits in the rape case in Muzaffarpur in Bihar.

Opposition Unity at Jantar Mantar. Photo credit: PTI

The rally called by Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leder Tejashwi Yadav is represented by almost all the major important anti-Bharatiya Janata Party political outfits. Communist Party of India - Marxist leader Sitaram Yetuchry, Communist Party of India leader D Raja, Indian National Lok Dal leader Dushyant Choutala, former JNU SU president Kanhaiya Kumar, Loktantrik Janata Dal patron Sharat Yadav, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, Congress president Rahul Gandhi, representative of Trinamool Congress Dinesh Trivedi, Surendra Nagar of Samajwadi Party and former Bihar chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi were present in the meeting while Rashtriya Lok Dal expressed its solidarity by sending its message.

RJD Rajya Sabha MP Misa Bharti was also present in the rally. However, the rally has remained unrepresented by Nationalist Congress Party, Bahujan Samaj Party and Biju Janata Dal.

The Opposition also put up united show at the swearing in ceremony of Karnataka CM H D Kumaraswamy but Janata Dal (S) representative was not present at the rally. Rahul Gandhi said in the rally that it is not just a matter of Muzaffarpur incidence but for the security of mother, sister and daughter of the country. Political analyst say that this is an attempt to target Modi more than Nitish Kumar.

However, the opposition has many fault line that it needs manage before formal alliance is being discussed. Interest of political parties will come to fore when elections will come close and the real unity will be visible when they will remain united that very moment.

Moreover, despite having so many political parties their pan India presence in not visible as it was when National Front or other fronts were made. There was no representation either from DMK or AIADMK. But the Congress decision to agree to the fact that name of the prime ministerial candidate to be decided by the 2019 elections has given a big leverage to the leaders of these political parties for maneuvering. This has ended inhibition among the leaders from different political parties.

Leaders like Mamata Banerjee, Sitaram Yetchury, Tejashwi Yadav, Mayawati, Akhilesh and Sharad Yadav have the only objective to unseat the BJP led by Modi but this is not true with some other political parties. They are more interested in winning their own elections than dethroning the BJP.

So it is not necessary that they will accept all conditions by these leaders. The political alternative given by these leaders have completely unrepresented by northeastern leadership.

This rally could prove to be making of Mahagathbandhana and breaking of the Modi government but it is too early to predict as many cards are yet close to the chest of many politicians making many things uncertain.

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