Grand opposition alliance to be established before Lok Sabha elections but only after assembly polls in five states
In a major development in the present political scenario, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) member Sudhindra Bhadoria has claimed that his party leader Mayawati is much better a choice as prime ministerial candidate for the proposed opposition alliance than Congress party president Rahul Gandhi.
He has said, “Mayawati has been the chief minister four times and has a longer experience as party president than her Congress party counterpart. The difference is for everyone to see.”
He alleged that Congress is not serious about defeating BJP and said that it was up to the Congress to seize the initiative in the election-bound states by allying with the BSP. He also alleged that some Congress leaders were engaged in levelling allegations against Mayawati and tarnishing her image.
Earlier, Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy said that Mayawati is “PM material”. In a related development, Indian National Lok Dal (INDL) president O P Chautala, while addressing a rally in Haryana, said that Mayawati is the fittest politician to lead the country as prime ministerial face in 2019.
Responding to a question on possibilities of contesting elections alone in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, Bhadoria said that “the BSP always wanted to work with the Congress but they have a narrow mind and a feudal approach”.
All this was discussed at APN’s afternoon debate show, Mudda, on Tuesday. The participants of the debate were Vijendra Singh, spokesperson of Congress party, Anand Sahu, the BJP spokesman, Vishal Anand, president of BSP in UP, Rajesh Yadav, vice-president of Rashtriya Janata Dal, UP, Sudhindra Bhadoria, spokesperson of BSP, and Govind Pant Raju, the consulting editor at APN. Anant Tyagi anchored the show.
Sahu said that Congress has inflicted irreparable harm to national politics. He claimed that due to Congress’ wrong policies, the backward classes, Dalits, farmers, and labour class leaders broke away from their national party and formed regional parties.
On his part, Vijendra Singh claimed that political alliance has already set in seven states. The party is not entering any alliance in the five states where elections are being held. The Congress will sit with all opposition parties after the assembly elections in five states. At the moment, Congress is working to win those elections.
Yadav, of RLD, said that the grand alliance will be formed before Lok Sabha elections to defeat PM Modi. He said that BSP leader Bhadoria’s statement made it clear that a grand alliance will become a reality before the general elections.
Anand said that his party demands that Mayawati should be prime ministerial candidate from the opposition. If a Dalit is made PM candidate, there would be no questions regarding establishing the grand alliance.
Concluding the debate, Raju said that it was a wrong perception that Congress has done nothing for the uplift of Dalits. However, it treated the whole community as a mere vote bank.
—Compiled by MA Kazmi