BJP versus opposition alliance, a myth or an upcoming reality in 2019 elections?
Recently there has been a lot of fuss going around about the news of a Mahagathbandhan between the opposition parties. Congress has been head over heels on the idea of bringing forth a major opposition alliance. This has created a lot of ruckuses and has put a lot of people into a state of confusion. Nobody is absolutely sure whether or not a coalition on such a large scale is even possible or not.
For the past six months or so, Congress has been seen trying hard to bring all the major political parties under a single coalition. A United opposition is a facade that has been seen appearing in Indian politics from time to time. Although such a huge opposition alliance is unprecedented still this seems nothing more than a political chimera. As of now a grand coalition on the center level seems more like a myth than a reality. It is a dream that the Congress is chasing but needs to stop.
Instead of trying to put its time and resources in gathering a national level coalition Congress should rather focus on improving its image and more importantly to get its stronghold in the states in which it is already in power.
Creating a medley of political parties driven with different political motives and ideologies seems to be a difficult task. Even if by any chance the coalition does come into effect it is highly unlikely that it will last longer. An alliance of disparate groups formed due to electoral compulsions lacks the backbone to stand a chance in a long run.
In fact, it seems that the buzz about forming an opposition coalition and the confusion around it seems to be creating a negative effect for Congress as the BJP will benefit from the chaotic situation. Binding different regional parties with the same thread do not seem plausible.
In Bengaluru, during the swearing ceremony of H.D. Kumaraswamy prominent leaders like In attendance at the gala will be Congress president Rahul Gandhi, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar, Mamta Banerjee, Tejashwari Yadav were seen sharing the stage. They went in hand in hands, not only this Mayawati and Sonia Gandhi were even seen sharing a laugh. It seemed like the dream of the Mahagathbandhan has finally bloomed. But even that turned out to be nothing more than a myth for the public as recently in a press conference conducted in October Mayawati had bashed Congress on many grounds. BSP’s Sudhindra Bhadoria on his appearance on Republic TV debate went on to say that the grand alliance never existed.
All the discussions and debates certainly point out that the idea of a grand alliance is certainly a myth and if in any absurd scenario all these parties come under the same head they will most definitely not able to sustain the coalition and the Mahagathbandhan will fall in no time. It is in the best interest of the Congress to stop chasing the dream of a grand alliance and to not give up in desperate circumstances.