The chief minister of Andhra Pradesh Chandrababu Naidu came to Delhi. On Thursday Naidu met Rahul Gandhi, Sharad Pawar and Farooq Abdullah. The message after all meetings was similar – all Opposition forces are going to work together to protect India and save democracy.
Most of these parties share a strained past, even a bitter history. In fact Naidu belongs to a party whose founder was a sworn enemy of the Congress party. But they have decided bury it all for the present and the future. In Naidu’s words ‘it is a democratic compulsion now to unite.’
“We have to organise everybody against the BJP and chalk out a programme for the future,” he also said.
While BJP has a comfortable majority in the Lok Sabha and has formed governments 19 states, it is should not let complacency set-in in the face of such determined and shrewd moves.
Naidu, quit NDA early this year. He has already met BSP chief Mayawati and former BJP leader Yashwant Sinha in the past ten days. He clearly has a game plan in mind. We all know there is a lot of behind the scenes maneuvering and public posturing that goes on behind each elections outcome.
Even as Amit Shah and gang keep a hawk’s eye on this development, the voter must too evaluate whether this avatar of the united opposition has some depth, some worthwhile promises to make and the depth of organisation to keep those promises. After all they will be facing the intimidating might of the BJP’s organisational skill at each and every polling booth in the country.
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