Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is currently winning election after election and currently is governing with alliance partners in 18 states. The juggernaut which started in May 2014, when BJP single-handedly got the decisive mandate (282 seats) hasn’t stopped since then and with surgical precision, saffron party is decimating each and every opposition and India is slowly going towards one party one rule.
The opposition is in total disarray and are lacking any credible face to challenge the current regime’s most trusted face Narendra Modi. From Rahul Gandhi to Akhilesh Yadav to Sharad Pawar to Mamata Banerjee all are jostling for to become opposition face, but lack acceptability and integrity to take on BJP’s Amit Shah and Narendra Modi. Lalu Prasad Yadav’s Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) has recently received flak from all quarters and was solely blamed for the break-up of ‘Maha Gathbandhan’ and lost the power in Bihar. Lalu’s son Tejashwi Yadav, who was deputy chief minister in Nitish Kumar’s government, was named in corruption scandal and it gave chance to rank opportunist Nitish Kumar to switch sides and join NDA.
Lalu, who has been hurt by this grand betrayal has been going hammer and tongs about the manipulation of Nitish Kumar and on August 27 (Sunday) organised a rally ‘BJP bhagao, desh bachao’ (remove BJP, save India) at Patna’s historic Gandhi maidan, which saw 18 opposition parties joining hands to taken on current dispensation. The rally according to pictures posted by Lalu was a huge success, but the images later turned out be fake and photoshopped and Twitterati had quite a field day.
Lalu’s rally wasn’t attended by the heavyweights in Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, Mayawati and it showed distrust between the opposition, but it also had West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, Akhilesh Yadav and former JD (U) president Sharad Yadav in the audience. The message from the rally was loud and clear and if BJP’s winning run has to stop then opposition has to buckle up to take on the high and mighty sangh parivar and BJP. Lalu over the years has risen like a phoenix and is a great orator, who is also a grass root leader and knows the pulse of the people. The RJD supremo has battled odds his entire life and if he can convince and lead the opposition charge for 2019, then PM Modi’s winning streak could come to an abrupt halt.
India is reaching new scales and heights and it desperately needs a strong and robust opposition to take on the ruling dispensation. Lalu has always been the perennial underdog and if he could get adequate support from opposition, then the battle for 2019 general elections will turn out to be quite close.