rivals, the SP and the BSP, in Uttar Pradesh has left the Congress cold. The alliance in West Bengal is in the doldrums. An enthused TRS chief and Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao is leaving no stone unturned to form a federal front against both the BJP and the Congress. One does not know what the situation will be like in Kerala and in Andhra Pradesh. The big question many want to know is who will head the coalition of Opposition parties and what their agenda for the nation is other than defeating common enemy, Narendra Modi and his party, the BJP.
Except DMK chief M.K. Stalin, all other nonCongress Opposition parties are tight-lipped about their prime ministerial candidate. The nation is bound to pay heavy price if there is an unstable and weak government formed by parties lacking cohesion. In a democracy, people have a right to know what is happening in the country. The strange happenings at late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa’s estate in the Nilgiris must be probed. Blacking out a media report and making the threat of legal action are odd reactions by the State government (Tamil Nadu, “Those behind Kodanad video will be exposed” and “Kodanad case: Oppn. demands probe, Edappadi’s resignation”, January 13). The way in which it is rushing to gag things leads to suspicion that there is more to the incidents than what meets the eye.