BJP bhagao, desh bachao rally: Lalu isolated as Sonia, Mayawati, Left skip event
It is unlikely that the opposition will unite against the BJP for now. Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) Supreme Lalu Prasad’s attempt to create a “mahagathbandhan” (national alliance) at the national level to take the government in power of Narendra Modi at the Center in the 2019 elections Lok Sabha turned into a wet squib .
Congress chairman Sonia Gandhi, his son and vice-president, Rahul Gandhi, the president of Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Mayawati and the left-wing parties, refused to participate in the BJP bhagao, desh bachao, August by Lalu Prasad in Patna.
Lalu Prasad had planned the rally about four months ago, while the three-party government of the mahagathbandhan was still in power in Bihar. He attempted to replicate the mahagathbandhan experience at the national level in an effort to oust the NDA government led by BJP.
To this end, he invited the BSP and Samajwadi Party (SP) rivals to attend the rally. In fact, SP leader Akhilesh Yadav not only confirmed his participation but also announced that Mayawati would also be present at the rally in May himself.
LOW FORCED EXPECTATIONS OF THE ALLIANCE
In order to create an anti-BJP axis, Lalu Prasad had already tried to experiment with an alliance in Uttar Pradesh.
He launched the idea of BSP and SP challenging together against the BJP in the UP Assembly elections, the results of which were announced in March.
However, the plan failed due to the opposition of Prime Minister SP Mulayam Singh Yadav and the reluctance of Mayawati.
Lalu Prasad’s second attempt to bring the opposition parties to a common platform also seems to be doing nothing.
The opposition unit has already received the biggest shock when Janata Dal (United) [Chief Minister of Bihar, Nitish Kumar, headed by Kumar] left the NDA camp during the presidential election.
Unlike the opposition opposition candidate, Meira Kumar, JD (U) supported the NDA candidate, Ram Nath Kovind.
The August 27 rally will prove to be another failed attempt by Lalu Prasad to tie non-NDA parties.
Apprehending Sonia Gandhi’s absence from the rally, Lalu Prasad reportedly asked to send his daughter Priyanka Vadra instead. This was also considered an affront to Rahul Gandhi. Much for the grief of the chief RJD, even
Priyanka does not attend the rally. The Gandhi-Nehru family will not be represented. The leader of the opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad is likely to represent Congress.
From BSP, Rajya Sabha, deputy Satish Chandra Mishra is likely to come on behalf of Mayawati.
The three heavyweights to attend the rally would be West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, former UP CM Akhilesh Yadav and rebel JD (U), Sharad Yadav.
However, in the absence of the Gandhi family, the left and Mayawati parties, the “BJP bhagao, desh bachao” gathering would lose its luster and importance.
Sharad Yadav holds public interactions in the framework of his “Janta se seedha sanvad” (direct dialogue with people) in order to know the political pulse of people ….