On the third anniversary of the Narendra Modi government Friday, a united opposition decided to wait and see before finalizing its candidate for the July presidential election. They want the Bharatiya Janata Party to take the name of their candidate to the first constitutional position in the first place.
The highlight of the luncheon hosted by Congress leader Sonia Gandhi was attending 16 political parties, when at least half a dozen leaders stressed the need for a “great alliance” between Uttar Pradesh Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Party-Bahujan Samaj (BSP) and Congress if the BJP should be defeated in the Lok Sabha elections in 2019.
Trinamool Congress Leader (TMC) and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, supported by Lalu Prasad of Rashtriya Janata Dal, have taken the initiative to highlight the need for an alliance.
BSP leader Mayawati and Akhilesh Yadav of SP, who were also present at the meeting, did not oppose the proposal. Mayawati, whose party has rarely been part of several efforts to forge opposition unity in recent decades, said it supported the initiative. This was greeted with applause by another scoreboard.
Banerjee spoke of how not only his leaders of the parties of the ICC and other agencies “harassment” but Mayawati and Lalu Prasad. The meeting began to discuss the need for a common candidate for the presidency. However, the president of Congress opened the debate stating that no specific name would be discussed. The Sharwar Pawar of the Nationalist Congress Party suggests that the congressional leader is allowed to create a panel to select the candidate. The others also accepted the proposal.
Later Ghadam Nabi Azad of Congress and Sharad Yadav of Janata Dal (States), instructed the Government to the NDA (Democratic National Alliance) not to join the presidential elections as was the tradition. If the Center failed to start the process quickly and present a candidate with secular credentials, the opposition of someone who will protect the country’s constitutional values, Azad said.
“There will be a committee to find a candidate consensus … If there is a secular candidate, we can get together,” said Mamata Banerjee, the prime minister of Bengal.
Gandhi lunch was important for two reasons: he came with a similar group planned June 3 in Chennai to celebrate the 94th birthday of Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), founder of M Karunanidhi, and the opposition had the opportunity to send a message a Day in which the BJP began to celebrate three years of Modi’s government.