Be it Mamata Banerjee or KCR, it will not be possible to defeat BJP in 2024 by ignoring Congress. They have to understand that the Congress party is like an elephant, and they say that even a dead elephant is worth 1.25 lakhs. The Congress party has become very weak, but then its flag bearers are in every corner of the country.
Whether it is Mamta Banerjee or KCR without Congress, it is doubtful that he will be able to unite the opposition parties.
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Mamata Banerjee (Mamata Banerjee) Recently K. Chandrashekhar Rao (K. Chandrashekar Rao) Expressed his desire to eat dosa over the phone. Chandrashekhar Rao invited him to come to Hyderabad. Before Didi would come to Hyderabad, Chandrashekhar Rao’s mind started to eat pav-vegetable. Chandrashekhar Rao Uddhav Thackeray (Uddhav Thackeray) Called and reached Mumbai on Sunday. Now when you go to Mumbai, then meeting Sharad Pawar also becomes necessary as a courtesy. Pawar doesn’t say no to anyone and doesn’t say yes to anyone. Pawar is like that old hakim who diagnoses the disease by measuring his pulse.
Some time ago, he had similarly tapped the pulse of Mamata Banerjee and told a surefire cure for her illness that without the Congress party, there can be no alliance of opposition at the national level. Shortly before that, Pawar had also told the treatment of the disease of the Congress party that it should stop thinking like the old landlord and compromise with the present reality. Neither Didi nor the Gandhi family liked Pawar’s recipe and the opposition alliance disintegrated even before it was formed.
Opposition unity is not possible without Congress party
Now it is not known what Pawar told Chandrashekhar Rao for the treatment of digestion, but if these leaders do not listen to him, then it is certain that either dosa or pav-bhaji, no matter how tasty, the person who eats it. Digestive disease will definitely happen. Next month, that is, after the results of the assembly elections, there is talk of meeting of non-BJP and non-Congress Chief Ministers in New Delhi. Right now no one knows whether Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will attend that meeting, if not, then all the Chief Ministers will have to be deprived of the famous Chole-Bhatura of Delhi.
Didi did not call Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. If she had, Patnaik might have invited her to come to Bhubaneshwar and served Rasgulla in front of her, which Mamata Banerjee would not digest. The old controversy over whether Rasgulla started in Odisha or Bengal is not over yet. That is, Didi will not call Patnaik, perhaps Chandrashekhar Rao will have to do this work.
It is not that dosa is not available in Kolkata or pav-bhaji is not available in Hyderabad. Food is an excuse, the intention is to remove Narendra Modi from the post of Prime Minister. But the problem is that, as Pawar said, opposition unity is not possible without the Congress party and without the Congress party the opposition will not be able to unite and challenge Modi in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. Chandrashekhar Rao reached Mumbai on Sunday and the very next day the Congress party accused him of taking a contract to eliminate the Congress party from the BJP. This allegation is not true but it is certainly logical.
Rising BJP’s power in Telangana alarm bells for KCR
The Congress party said that whether Mamata Banerjee or Chandrashekhar Rao, both are trying to break the UPA and only talking to the leaders of the constituent parties of the UPA. If the UPA is broken, it will directly benefit the BJP, which is true in sixteen years. But the allegation on Chandrashekhar Rao that he has taken betel nut from BJP is not correct at all. Telangana was formed as a separate state on 2 June 2014 and since then Chandrashekhar Rao is the Chief Minister of the state. For the next seven years, he was neither seen with the BJP nor with the Congress party, remained neutral. Perhaps, except Mamata Banerjee, no opposition chief minister wants to mess with the central government. But Chandrashekhar Rao is now compelled to speak and be seen against BJP and Modi. Right now it is not possible to tell why he has suddenly started talking about opposition unity and whether he also aspires to become the Prime Minister like Mamata Banerjee, but it is certain that he is starting to fear the BJP.
Assembly elections will be held in Telangana in the month of December 2023. There has been a radical change in the politics of Telangana in the last seven years. Chandrasekhar’s party Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TSR) will not compete with the Congress party or his old party Telugu Desam Party but with the BJP. BJP is spreading its feet in Telangana day by day and is becoming popular among the people of the state. Be it the municipal elections of Hyderabad or in other cities, BJP is consistently getting tremendous success. Recently, in the Huzurabad assembly by-election, the BJP had defeated the Telangana Rashtra Samithi and won the election by about 24,000 votes.
It was like an alarm bell for Chandrashekhar Rao. To take on the BJP, he will now need the support of other opposition parties, and will have to be active in the politics of the center, so that the people of the state see him as a future prime minister and support him in the same way as the people of Gujarat. He had consistently supported Modi as the Chief Minister of the state, due to which Modi was able to become the Prime Minister of the country.
Rahul Gandhi first for Congress
But the problem is that whether it is Mamata Banerjee or Chandrashekhar Rao, it will not be possible to defeat BJP in 2024 by ignoring the Congress. They have to understand that the Congress party is like an elephant, and they say that even a dead elephant is worth 1.25 lakhs. The Congress party has become very weak, in the month of March, when the results of the assembly elections will come, the Congress party may have weakened even more, but the Congress is still the only party in India whose flag is raised in every corner of the country. Will go Still BJP is a little behind Congress in this matter.
Mamta Banerjee has refused to eat the digestive churan given by Pawar, and now she is also seen to be facing the punishment. It has to be seen whether Chandrashekhar Rao will eat the churan of that digestion? The problem before him is that he will have to tussle with both the BJP and the Congress party to win the Telangana elections. He might not want to do dual politics. They know that due to dual politics, this condition of the Congress party has become.
The opposition of the Left parties in Kerala and the support of the Left parties in the Lok Sabha and West Bengal elections was not digested by anyone. Chandrashekhar Rao and the Chief Ministers of other opposition parties will have to take a decision in the coming days as to how non-BJP will be formed without the Congress party at the centre. And the Congress party will not join him until he decides to support Rahul Gandhi as the prime ministerial candidate. In this situation, the opposition’s khichdi hardly cooks.
(The author is a senior journalist, the views expressed in the article are the personal of the author.)
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