Post-State Assembly elections, fissures have come into the open in the anti-BJP front being led by Congress, with SP, TMC and CPI-M appear to be disagreeing with DMK leader MK Stalin’s advocacy of Rahul Gandhi’s name as prime ministerial candidate in 2019 parliamentary polls.
A day after the senior DMK leader advocated Congress president’s name, CPI-M General Secretary Sitaram Yechury on Monday said a non-BJP front will come into being on its own post elections and the opposition was united to defeat the BJP.
Yechury’s observation came in response to a media query as to what he thought of the DMK proposing Congress President Rahul Gandhi as the opposition’s Prime Ministerial face. “It is their (DMK) opinion. They are entitled to their opinion,” Yechury said.
On Sunday Trinamool Congress (TMC) took a serious note of DMK president MK Stalin’s endorsement of Rahul Gandhi as the next prime minister.
The TMC higher ups, a report citing sources, said, “We have taken this very seriously. The entire Opposition is taking a closer and serious view of it. The presentation or announcement of any name is not welcoming. This could harm the unity amongst the Opposition parties.
The sharp reactions have come in the wake of the Congress party, with a little help from the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and the Samajwadi Party, defeating the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh in the recently concluded assembly elections in five States.
While addressing a public rally on Sunday after attending the inauguration of DMK patriach M Karunanidhi’s statue in Chennai, Stalin said, “I propose to install a new prime minister in Delhi. I propose candidature of Rahul Gandhi from Tamil Nadu. He has got the ability to defeat the fascist Modi government. We will save this nation. We will work to strengthen Rahul Gandhi and his endeavour.”
Even Samajwadi Party looked irked over the incident. “We have said it earlier also that the name of the prime minister will be decided only after the election results. Even Congress is not mentioning any names; why are other parties stepping into such action?”
“It is the mandate of the people that will decide who the prime minister of the nation will be,” Samajwadi Party leader Ghanshyam Tiwari told a private channel.
He added, “This is not a disagreement. I am just saying this point has not even been on the table as of now.”
A number of opposition leaders are understood to have reservations against naming anyone as the prime ministerial face. “The TMC, the Samajwadi Party, Telugu DesamParty (TDP), the BahujanSamaj Party (BSP), and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) disagreed with Stalin’s announcement. It is premature. The PM name is to be decided only after the Lok Sabha results,” a senior opposition leader told a news agency.