Now since the last phase of polling and the date of declaration of polls results are nearing, the anti BJP opposition parties and the regional political outfits have started energising their efforts to ensure that all of them consolidate themselves in their own ways so as to prove their mettle for the post of prime minister.
While in BJP led NDA coalition, it’s crystal clear that in the event of the saffron party n its allies getting the requisite majority the name of the incumbent prime minister Narendra Modi is the unanimous and undisputed choice for the top leadership but things still differ in this context in the Mahagathbandhan n the regional parties.
Though in the past too the UPA led by Congress has ruled for ten years and in the aftermath of emergency in 1977 the Janata Party led by Morarji Desai etc Chandra Shekhar, Vishwanath Pratap Singh, HD Devegowda n Inder Kumar Gujral also ran coalition governments but except the one led by Congress n BJP, the previous coalition governments have not been entirely succesful.
Anyways, here we are talking of the Mahagathbandhan and the regional parties.
Just yesterday, the DMK chief Stalin, son of late DMK patriarch M. Karunanidhi had a very cordial meeting with the chief minister of Telengana n TRS chief Chandra Shekhar Rao at the former’s Chennai residence.
Political observers say that it was an exercise to form a non BJP and non Congress third front especially of the Southern parties in order to create a pressure group to ask for a major political share( even the post of PM) in the event of the formation of the non BJP opposition set up after the election.
The party of YSR Jaganmohan Reddy too is expected to be roped in in this new formulation.
It is believed that the DMK, TRS n YSR Congress of Jaganmohan Reddy in Andhra, if prove successful in coming together can have a credible say with 40 to 45 member of Parliament, said to be enough to play a key role in government formation in the near future post 23rd May.
As per the news poring in KCR has send a message to Congress leadership that while TRS is ready to accept the Congress nominee as the anti BJP prime minister obviously Rahul Gandhi but in case some allies of NDA come with him they have precondition for a non Congress prime minister obviously referring to himself perhaps.
However it is believed that the Congress leadership has made it absolutely clear that in order to keep the BJP out of power it is even ready to accept the leadership of the regional party to take the cudgels of prime minister in his hand.
Congress chief Rahul Gandhi had earlier too made it absolutely clear that he is not the one for PM’s post n can even sacrifice his desire for the sake of keeping BJP out of power.
However, in the meeting of the grand alliance it was decided in principle that which ever party gains the maximum numbers of seats post 23rd May the candidate of the highest number of seats scoring party would be nominated as the future PM from the Mahagathbandhan.
Meanwhile, Andhra Pradesh chief minister Chandra Baba Naidu who’d already announced about his disinterest for the post of the future prime minister from the grand alliance’s side has also initiated his hectic efforts to channelise the anti BJP opposition forces and has emphasised the need for a grand meeting of all parties before the declaration of final results.
But sources reveal that the other partners of the grand alliance viz Bengal CM Mamata Bannerjee and BSP Supremo Mayawati has objected to this proposal saying that let the picture of seats be cleared first after the 23rd May ( as to ) which political party got, what numbers. Sources reveal that over ambitious Mayawati and Mamata are apprehensive that if Rahul Gandhi is unabimously named the prospective PM candidate before 23rd than they’ll be doomed forever.
It may be recalled that Mayavati has already made her ambitions crystal clear about her intentions to be the prime ministerial candidate of the Mahagathbandhan in the eventuality of the alliance having sufficient numbers.
Similarly TMC chief n WB CM Mamata Bannerjee too is nursing the ambition to capture the country’s top slot.
Congress chief Rahul Gandhi who’s party is likely to get around 130 to 140 seats would be the PM’s candidate too in all probability, though he had made it amply clear that in order to keep BJP out of power he’s ready to give up his chances for the top slot.
Therefore the situation in the opposition camp seems to be quite fluid n confusive where things are not so comfortable n easy to come at a unanimity for the post of prime minister in case the chances materialise.
There is no dobt that the BJP despite having an upperhand to some extent would be suffering in UP, MP, Chattisgarh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan n in the Southern states and may fall short of 40 to 50 MPs or even more.
In view of this the role of the regional parties viz YSR Congress, TRS n BJD etc will definitely have a major say and it remains to be seen as to which side these parties are going to tilt.
Anything is possible in politics. If the anti BJP opposition can gamble by giving the top slot of prime ministership to the nominee of the regional party and the entire opposition rallies around them, may be the saffron party will be dethroned. If it dosen’t happen this side they will( regional parties) in all earnestness side with the ruling BJP getting most important portfolios and special financial packages for their states.
If HD Devegowda with just 39 MPs of Janata Dal can be the PM in the past why can’t the regional leader with good number of MPs be the PM especially when there is a conflict of interest amongst the non BJP opposition leaders like Mayawati, Mamata Bannerjee and Rahul Gandhi spitting venom against each other despite being in the grand alliance. What’s your take friends?