Satraps Cold to Anti-BJP Front Call From Nitish
No Bihar-like Grand Alliance in other states
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
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.