- BJP engaged in mobilizing opposition against BJP
- Preparing for joint rally of opposition in Kolkata
- Mamta’s stand against Congress has become softer than before
The next major phase of the initiative to bring the opposition parties on a common platform inside and outside Parliament is likely to begin next week. In the first phase it was led by NCP supremo Sharad Pawar. This time it is being initiated by West Bengal CM Banerjee. Mamta Banerjee also showed her intentions on Wednesday and publicly announced to try for opposition unity. For this, she is also coming on a five-day Delhi tour from Monday, in which she will also meet all the opposition parties.
According to sources, Mamta is preparing to organize a joint big rally of all the opposition parties in Kolkata, for which she will also talk to the opposition leaders. According to sources, Sonia Gandhi is also preparing to meet Mamata Banerjee. If this meeting takes place then it can be an important step towards opposition unity. On the other hand, on Wednesday, Mamata Banerjee put forth her national ambition for the first time after winning the election on May 2, when she organized the Martyrs Day program across the country.
Trying to reach the opposition through ‘Martyr’s Day’ program
In fact, on July 21, 1993 in Kolkata, 13 people were killed in police firing on Youth Congress workers who had gathered in a rally against the then Left government. Mamta Banerjee was in Congress at that time. In the memory of those 13 workers, Trinamool Congress observes Martyrs’ Day every year on 21 August. He linked Wednesday’s program to different parts of the country. In Mamta Banerjee’s program, P. Chidambaram from Congress, Digvijay Singh, RJD’s Manoj Jha, Shiv Sena’s Priyanka Chaturvedi, NCP’s Sharad Pawar and Supriya Sule, DMK’s T Siva, SP’s Ram Gopal Yadav and other opposition parties attended the program. The leaders of the parties joined.
soft stance on congress
Mamta Banerjee also gave her speech in Hindi. He told the opposition parties that everyone has to come together to defeat the BJP in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. After the West Bengal assembly elections in the last two months, the Congress has also softened towards Mamata Banerjee. A senior TMC leader told NBT that as of now there is no question of deciding the leadership of the opposition alliance. Right now the opposition has to unite in front of the BJP led by Narendra Modi. Other trivial matters will be decided later.
contradiction has to be removed
Although some opposition parties also accused the Congress of not taking other opposition parties in the loop on the first two days of the monsoon session of Parliament, this has led to several contradictions within two days. First convened on Kovid management under the leadership of PM Narendra Modi, in the meeting the opposition was divided, due to which many parties like Congress, RJD, AAP stayed away, while other parties including TMC, NCP went to the meeting. Similarly, there was no uniformity in the opposition regarding the demand for debate on the Kovid issue in Rajya Sabha and raising the issue of espionage case.
Efforts continue to increase coordination
However, later on Tuesday, the opposition unitedly prepared for a debate on Kovid. A senior leader of a regional party said that efforts are also being made to remove the weakness in the coordination and all these issues will be discussed in the meeting of the opposition parties next week. According to sources, there is also a proposal to constitute a coordination committee to take a collective stand on major issues. At the same time, some parties are also in favor of re-constituting the UPA and bringing changes in it according to the need.
Overall, political movement can be seen in the opposition in the next few days, whose effect can be seen from inside the Parliament to outside. The leaders involved in Mamata’s program included Balwinder Singh of Akali Dan, Dr Keshav Rao of TRS, Sanjay Singh of Aam Aadmi Party and Jaya Bachchan of Samajwadi Party.
West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee with opposition leaders at the rally (file photo)