Bringing together all opposition parties on “one platform” with-out any confusion and disruption is the primary job of Congress. The grand old party, the SP and BSP have reached a strategic understanding to fight the 2019 Lok Sabha elections in alliance.
After the understanding, a Congress source said, “There is a feeling among all opposition parties that their primary job is to defeat the BP and the contentious issue of Prime Ministerial candidate can be decided after the elections depending on the seats each party will get.’’
The source added, according to reports that Congress wants to bring together all opposition parties under one umbrella. What happens after that will depend how each party performs. But now the grand old party wants to make a counter-productive and united opposition front forming, who could counter BJP from every prospect of politics, the source opined.
As for parties like AAP sources pointed out that the Congress is locked in a direct fight with regional parties in certain states. They named the TRS in Telangana and AAP in Delhi, and argued high command will not overrule or ignore the views of the state units.
The source did not name West Bengal, where the state Congress leadership is dead against entering into a seat-sharing pact with the Trinamool Congress. They are very much keen to share seat with Left parties or with CPM.
However, a week ago the TMC chief and the Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had a meeting with UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Congress president Rahul Gandhi for making an anti- BJP forum.
The source also demanded that Congress would do better in 2019 general election in comparison to 2014, but did not assert that it would emerge as the single largest party.
In another development, Rahul Gandhi as Congress president chaired Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting and decided to target Modi-led government on corruption issue.
Rahul Gandhi said to other committee members that, party has to move on burning issues like current political scenario, un-employment and NRC, which will be a major campaign issue for coming assembly election of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. But now they will not announce any CM candidate name for the states. After the election results working committee will seat and decide the name of the leader of the house.