Four years ago, in the presidential election, Sonia Gandhi herself requested Sharad Pawar to be the candidate of the opposition alliance. Power did not agree at that time. Presidential election next year. Looking at the events of the past week, the Congress camp thinks that this time NCP-Supremo Power itself is starting to prepare to become a resident of Raisina Hill.
Two days ago, former BJP leader Yashwant Sinha held a meeting with Leader of the Opposition and prominent members of the society at Sharad Pawar’s Delhi residence. Congress was not called to that meeting. Although five Congress leaders were invited on a personal level, none of them attended. Significantly, Shiv Sena’s mouthpiece ‘Saamna’ wrote today that Rahul Gandhi should join hands with Sharad Pawar to unite all the opposition parties. Rahul regularly targets the Centre’s policy, but only on Twitter. Rahul should have done the meeting of opposition leaders that Powar had arranged at his house.
At the meeting called by Yashwant Sinha’s Rashtra Mancha, Pawar himself said that he was just a ‘housewife’. Even after the meeting, it was informed that it was not an anti-BJP alliance. There is no attempt to form an opposition alliance by excluding the Congress. But before and after that meeting, Powar had three meetings with Prashant Kishore. Seeing this tradition, the Congress camp thinks that Powar is trying to present himself as an acceptable candidate for the presidency in 2022 from all parties.
Last year, Shiv Sena’s Sanjay Raut and NCP’s Majid Memon put up Power’s candidature for the presidency. According to Raut, all parties should consider Power’s name for the presidency in 2022. Memon argued that this could also raise the bar against the BJP before the 2024 Lok Sabha polls. Lok Sabha-Rajya Sabha MPs, MLAs of all states vote for the post of President. The value of the votes of MPs and MLAs depends on the population of the state. In 2022, the value of the opposition coalition’s vote will be higher than that of the NDA. Like the opposition camp that will depend a lot on the Uttar Pradesh vote. A section of the NCP is again reminding that Power’s personal relationship with Narendra Modi is not bad. As a result, we will see what position the BJP will take.
According to Congress sources, Power did not accept Sonia’s proposal in 2017. He may have been hoping to become the Prime Minister of the Opposition if the BJP loses in 2019. But in 2024, Power will be 83 years old. He can be the catalyst of the opposition, not the leader. Even though they mocked Rahul, Shiv Sena has said the same thing today. Powers played a key role in forming the Shiv Sena, NCP, Congress alliance in Maharashtra. Shiv Sena’s mouthpiece has written that Power can unite the opposition alliance. But the question of leadership is still going on. If the Congress is expected to lead, then there is no permanent president of the Congress.
The Shiv Sena wants to see Rahul Gandhi and the Congress as the leaders of the opposition alliance. If Rahul Gandhi had united the opposition in Delhi, as he had done, then there would have been a stronger face on the part of the opposition. According to Shiv Sena, the body language of the Prime Minister has changed. Anger is growing among the people. Nevertheless, the BJP is confident. Because the opposition camp is weak and dispersed.The Shiv Sena wants to see Rahul Gandhi and the Congress as the leaders of the opposition alliance. If Rahul Gandhi had united the opposition in Delhi, as he had done, then there would have been a stronger face on the part of the opposition. According to Shiv Sena, the body language of the Prime Minister has changed. Anger is growing among the people. Nevertheless, the BJP is confident. Because the opposition camp is weak and dispersed.