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Mudda panellists feel that for the opposition to truly challenge the BJP in 2019, it needs to get stronger and united

The TDP, YSR Congress, Congress and CPM (M) are moving a motion of no-confidence against the NDA government.Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee, who is in Delhi to meet NCP supremo Sharad Pawar, is also considering a no-trust motion against the Centre. On the other hand, why are the opposition parties looking for a Third Front, and staying away from the Congress in preparation for the 2019 general elections? These and similar questions were raised at APN’s popular debate Mudda. Anchorperson Anant posed the questions to panelists including noted journalist Ravinder Singh, CPI’s Amir Haider Zaidi, BJP’s Ashok Thakur, Congress’s Surendra Rajput, and NCP’s Nawab Malik.

Rajput said the BJP has spun a web of lies, but the party does not want to discuss any controversial issue, like note ban, farmers suicides, GST, or bank scams, in parliament.  “Look at the total vote that’s going against the BJP in the recent elections. Clearly people are showing their dissatisfaction with the BJP,” he said.

Malik said it’s time the opposition gets strong and united. Zaidi said “the election panel is acting as the government’s agent. It’s the fall season in politics, and leaders are shedding differences.”

Thakur said “the opposition has no mudda (issue) to question the government. The no-trust move is on the special status in Andhra Pradesh. The opposition has no solid issue to take up in parliament. Government and opposition both are morally and politically bound to raise issues in parliament that affect the people. But Chandrababu Naidu only wants to raise a regional issue.”

Rajput said BJP had promised that special status would be given to Bihar, Andhra and Telengana.

Ravindra Singh said “while all parties are holding parleys, I don’t feel any Front sans Congress can be viable.”

Malik said “Mamta Banerjee has met Pawar and it looks like an alternative Front is certain to be formed. A largish alliance is certain to be formed, though right now it’s too early to decide the prime ministerial face of the alternative Front.”

Rajput said right now opposition parties are clear that they have to stop the BJP from coming to power in the next elections.

Zaidi said “we are not against Modi, we are against the government’s policies.”

Ravindra Singh said the Congress faulted on not going in for an alliance in UP at the recent bypolls.

Rajput said “let’s not confuse bypolls with general elections…at the bypolls, there is no need for an alliance, only outside support is enough. A grand alliance is needed only for the general elections.”

Singh said that he felt that all parties are getting into serious mode to work out a grand alliance against the BJP for the 2019 election.

~ Compiled by Niti Singh Bhandari

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