WITH THE results of the recently concluded elections in the five states, strategies are now being churned out across the country. Notably, these aren’t the strategies of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), but that of the opposition parties. The question that many opposition leaders are now figuring out is: What Next?
So, what is the story behind this super confused yet confident clarion call of unity in the Opposition ranks? Over the past few months, terms like United Opposition, Federal Front, and renovated UPA have been used very frequently but failed to reap any results.
From Arvind Kejriwal, Mamata Banerjee, Sharad Pawar, MK Stalin, K Chandrashekar Rao (KCR) and Tejaswi Yadav, the list of political leaders in this race is very long, and each of these leaders has their own ambitions.
BJP’s victory in a state like Uttar Pradesh which has more value in this electoral college will be an added advantage to the party and it is again going to be an uphill task for the Opposition. It also means that no matter the dissent over the Centre’s push for legislation, there will be little that the Opposition can do to stall them.
So, in the end, we are just about 1.5 years away from the crucial General elections of 2024. With meetings and talks still going on, the Opposition is running out of time. Personal ambitions vs national politics is going to be the biggest hurdle that the Opposition leaders need to cross over and soon.
While there are no permanent enemies or permanent friends in politics, the fight for the Numero Uno position in the Opposition continues to de-accelerate attempts of unity.