In view of the general elections of 2024, the stir in the political parties of the country can be felt from now on. Efforts to create a political alternative against prime minister Narendra Modi and BJP have gained momentum over the past few months. In a meeting of opposition leaders & anti-Modi government intellectuals held at the residence of NCP Chief Sharad Pawar, an exercise was made to form a front against BJP.
However, on the very next day of this meeting, it was also clarified that no efforts were made to form any new political front in this meeting. At the same time, after meeting with Congress leader Kamal Nath, Sharad Pawar even said that it is impossible to create an alternative front without Congress. Amidst the flurry of third or alternative front, election strategist Prashant Kishor was also seen saying that he is not sure- third or fourth front can challenge BJP.
By the way, the appeal to form a joint opposition against Narendra Modi was first made by Mamta Banerjee during the West Bengal assembly elections. After the victory in Bengal elections, Mamta Banerjee emerged as the strongest face of the opposition. Trinamool Congress chief also met opposition leaders on her recent Delhi tour. Mamta Banerjee met Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi as well as Rahul Gandhi.
BUT is it just a coincidence that Mamata Banerjee (TMC Chief) arrived in Delhi on July 25 and Rahul Gandhi went on a tractor to Parliament on July 26? Rahul Gandhi seems to be overly active in a new way during Mamata Banerjee’s visit to Delhi! Why does it seem that Mamata Banerjee is trying to unite the opposition to take on Prime Minister Narendra Modi (Narendra Modi) in view of the next general election – and Rahul Gandhi is challenging Mamta Banerjee in the shadow of protesting against BJP & Narendra Modi. Whatever the real reason my be, it is as if Rahul Gandhi is doing this to stay ahead of Mamta in race of leading the opposition front
On July 26, after a tractor ride from road to parliament, opposition leaders had two meetings in two days on July 27 and 28. Most interestingly, Mamata Banerjee, who arrived in Delhi for the purpose of holding a meeting with opposition parties, did not even attend this meeting and this raises serious questions!
There are still many obstacles in the way of forming this slang opposition from the national level to the regional level. Let us know Why the “United Opposition” will fail against BJP in the 2024 elections.
●’Modi Hatao’ Slogan Is Not Enough
In the 2019 Lok Sabha Elections, Rahul Gandhi raised the slogan ‘Chowkidar Chor Hai’ in the name of Rafale deal. But, countering this, Prime Minister Narendra Modi played the bet of ‘Main Bhi Chowkidar’. Because of that the entire opposition came on the back foot. At the same time, Rahul Gandhi had to apologize for this remark in the Supreme Court. Political parties engaged in the exercise of joint opposition will not be able to reach mission 2024 only with the help of “Modi Hatao” slogan. This slogan will work only if there is a serious allegation against Modi and his direct involvement is seen in it. Such an allegation is currently not visible.
●Opposition Does Not Have an Alternate Model
Since coming to power in 2014, the Modi government has been carrying forward its ideology and agenda. The BJP has always kept issues like Triple Talaq, CAA, Ram Mandir, Article 370 in its agenda and fulfilled them. Bjp has dozens of issues like Common Civil Code, Population Control Act for the future also, on the basis of which it can make every effort to unite the people. But, “BJP HATAO” is the only issue with the opposition.
The opposition seems completely agendaless to bring the country’s voters in its favor. Price hike in petrol & diesel is currently a fierce issue. But even if the opposition promises to reduce the tax on petrol and diesel, then where will the money for government schemes come from?
This is where Modi beats opposition once again!
●Opposition Parties Surrender Before Hindutva
Muslim appeasement has been done in the country for many decades. Whether it is a matter of overturning the Supreme Court’s decision by Rajiv Gandhi’s Government on the Shah Bano case or Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s statement during the UPA government that minorities have the first right over the country’s resources, it cannot be denied that among Hindus, the largest segment of the country’s population, it has become a narrative that they are always second. BJP has walked with a clear ideology about Hindutva since the formation of its party. At the same time, other political parties kept preaching secularism in fear of losing Muslim vote bank. However, after the successive defeats in the elections, the Political Parties started soft Hindutva and tried to move forward with this. But, the BJP also did this in its favor. It was propagated by BJP that it is the effect of its party, the leaders who used to preach secularism have started going to the temples. Where Modi government and BJP are openly running on the agenda of Hindutva. At the same time, many parties in the opposition are not as vocal about secularism as before. Rather, they too have started following the path of soft Hindutva. In such a situation, contesting elections against Modi on the issue of Hindutva seems far-fetched.
●BJP Has an Undisputed and Powerful Face in the Form of Narendra Modi BUT Who Is the Face of the Opposition?
The preparations for forming a strong opposition against Narendra Modi may have already started, but, who will be the face of this opposition, the most debate is to be held on this matter. BJP has an undisputed and powerful face in the form of Narendra Modi. But, there is already a tussle over the leadership in the opposition. This tussle doesn’t even seem to end until 2024. Every leader in ‘Khichdi Opposition’ will call himself a candidate for the post of prime minister. Congress, the largest party in the opposition, will leave no stone unturned to establish Rahul Gandhi. In this situation, there is a big challenge before the opposition to choose an acceptable leader across the country
●Not Such a Big Anti-Incumbency That can make BJP loose 2024 Election
There is no doubt that the Modi Government has been under pressure due to the horrific conditions created during the second wave of the corona epidemic. From petrol-diesel to the kitchen, limit of tolerance of the common people, who are facing the impact of inflation, has been crossed. But, are these issues such fierce on which public anger will persist for more than two and a half years?
It is a common belief in politics that the memory of the public is weak. On that Modi and BJP have mastered in changing the wind, they know how to win elections. In the recent Modi Cabinet Expansion, resignations of the ministers who failed on all these issues were taken selectively.
Who thought BJP would have such massive victory in 2019, after losing the assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh in 2018?