Recent exposes have put the Mahagathbandhan advocates in a fix
New Delhi: The recent exposes' on former Bihar chief minister Lalu Prasad Yadav and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal have put the other advocates of non- BJP alliance or Mahgathbandhan in a quandary.
Possibly, it is for this reason that the alliance issue is not being talked as loudly by prominent leaders as as it used to be talked a couple of days ago.
These two political leaders were in the fore front of the anti-BJP Morcha . The adverse reports against them have made other advocates sit up and rethink on the issue..
The problem is two-fold. If they are left out because of these exposes the alliance will be weak against the BJP in general and Prime Minister Narendra Modi in particular and if they are not it will receive flaks.
There is another point to ponder in this connection: if no alliance is formed, the BJP juggernaut will march on and it may weaken the opposition further.
The likes of Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar and West Bengal chief minister Mamta Banerjee would not like to see a stronger Modi. So , f0r them, the revelations have meant much more than others who are not as inimical to him.
These two, however, represent regional parties which are yet to make a mark in other parts of the country. They are well entrenched in the their regions and the BJP may not cause much harm . Mamta is , comparatively, much better off than Nitish.
The same cannot be said about the Congress. It is a national party and has been already thrown out of power by the BJP in many states. It needs a strong anti-BJP front more than others.
It has already joined an anti-BJP group in Bihar which has kept the BJP at bay in the state. After testing blood , therefore, it is natural for the party to look for an anti-BJP front at the national level. The point is : should it press for it at this stage after Lalu was shown talking to a mafia don in jail and Kejriwal was charged with corruption by one of his old colleagues?
It is largely believed that a company formed with these two will give a talking point to the BJP and defeat the purpose for which it will be formed.Their disassociation will make a question mark on the name. It cannot be called a Mahagathbandhan any more.
While a debate is on in the national party, former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mulayam Singh Yadav has already made his displeasure with the Congress known. His group is, therefore, unlikely to join the new alliance.
Clearly. for the success of this plan many hurdles still remain to be crossed.