Satraps Cold to Anti-BJP Front Call From Ni­tish

No Bi­har-like Grand Al­liance in other states

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

New Delhi: Janata Dal (United) pres­i­dent Ni­tish Kumar’s pitch for an “anti-BJP-RSS” na­tional al­liance” has not re­ceived en­thu­si­as­tic re­sponses from the es­tranged sib­lings of the larger Janata Dal Pari­var. While some of them feel Kumar’s project lacks cred­i­bil­ity due to the larger fault-lines and con­tra­dic­tions in the Op­po­si­tion land­scape, some oth­ers po­litely re­mind him how his JD(U) failed to get Congress and RJD to repli­cate “Bi­har-like grand al­liance” to face BJP ad­vances in As­sam. Al­most all of them ar­gue Kumar has shown “un­re­al­is­tic haste” in po­si­tion­ing him­self for the 2019 Lok Sabha poll.

Their frosty re­sponses, co­in­cid­ing with JD(U)’s Bi­har ally Congress’ it­self cold-shoul­der­ing Kumar’s pitch due to the for­mer’s un­will­ing­ness to let Bi­har CM take the lead in anti-BJP na­tional pol­i­tics.

Main­tain­ing Kumar’s anti-BJP pitch has only ad­ver­tised “the col­lapse of Congress as a na­tional force”, BJD leader Bhartruhari Me­htab raised four ques­tions: Why Ni­tish­hascho­sen­todis­cuss­merger plans only with Ajit Singh and not to any par­ties of his erst­while Sa­ma­jwadi brethren such as Mu­layam Singh’s SP and Lalu Prasad’s RJD? What is the com­mon ide­o­log­i­cal thread he can of­fer to most re­gional par­ties which fight Congress and BJP alike. When he talks about an anti-BJP na­tional al­liance, how is he plan­ning to bring par­ties such as DMK And AIDMK orTDPandYSRCon­gressto­gether? and last, is it not too early for Ni­tishji to speak about the 2019 LS poll plank? Re­mind­ing Kumar how Deve Gowda has been work­ing for “a nonCongress and nonBJP al­ter­na­tive”, JD(S) Sec­re­tary Gen­eral Dan­ish Ali said, “While Ni­tish Ji’s call for an anti-BJP and anti-RSS na­tional al­liance sounds good, the JD(S) feels it lacks cred­i­bil­ity given the larger po­lit­i­cal and ide­o­log­i­cal con­tra­dic­tions among the Op­po­si­tion par­ties. May I humbly point out that even Ni­tish ji could not get the Congress and RJD to repli­cate the Bi­har-like Grand Al­liance in As­sam to fight BJP”.

In­dian na­tional Lok Dal (INLD) while hail­ing the spirit be­hind Kumar’scall,how­ever,wantshimto read the anti-Congress trend right. “His­tory al­ways showed years or decades af­ter ev­ery rev­o­lu­tions, an­other kind of pol­i­tics emerge. The cur­rent trend in In­dian pol­i­tics is about the way Congress is be­ing chased out from states to states. There­fore, while Ni­tish Ji has given a very good call, INLD feels the merger or com­ing to­gether of a larger po­lit­i­cal phi­los­o­phy must pre­cede the merger or al­liances of po­lit­i­cal par­ties”, said, Dushyant Chau­tala, INLD Par­lia­men­tar­ian.

Asked­whetherINLDis­in­volvedin merg­ertalk­swith­Ku­mar,Chau­tala, whosep­a­r­ty­isAjitSingh’sturf ri­val in­Jat­pol­i­tics,said,“Some­timeinthe past, some merger talks JD)U) had with O P Chau­tala Ji, but not any­more. We will give our re­sponse if

Ni­tish’s anti-BJP pitch has only ad­ver­tised “the col­lapse of Congress as a na­tional force”, says BJD

ap­proached”

Even Tri­namool Congress, with whom Kumar has been bond­ing of late, is evaisive about his call. “The Tri­namool Congress has not dis­cussed Ni­tish Ji’s pro­posal. We are cur­rently too busy with elec­tions in West Ben­gal to spare any thought to what JD(U) has said” , party leader Sau­gata Roy said. Arvind Ke­jri­wal’s AAP, an­other friend of Kumar who is now busy fight­ing Congress in Pun­jab, is yet make its stand on Kumar’s na­tional al­liance pitch.

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