The prime opposition parties are set to conduct a crucial meeting today in the national capital Delhi, to inject more strength to the proposed grand alliance.
As there is hardly 25 to 30 hours left to declare the result of the recent assembly elections in the Hindi heartland –primarily, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, the proposed meeting holds extra-ordinary significance.
Most prominent opposition leaders are likely to attend the meeting. TMC leader Mamata Banerjee, TDP leader Chandrababu Naidu, DMK leader M K Stalin, CPI leader D Raja, NCP leader Sharad Pawar and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi are some of them.
Notably, the SP and BSP are less likely to send their leaders or representatives to the meeting. In the recent assembly elections also, they have not joined hand with the grand old party.
Meanwhile, the CPM, which has declined to join hand with the TDP led coalition in Telangana, is expected to attend the meeting.
Importantly, the left parties are of the opinion that the grand alliance can be formed after the election but not before that.
In contrary, the Congress is of the opinion that the alliance should be formed prior to the general election, and the regional parties are of the opinion that the alliance should be formed before the general election and it should be state specific.
Clearly, there is a contradiction in the opinions on when the grand alliance should be formed and how it should behave.
With the exit polls forecasting the revival of the grand old party in the Hindi heartland, it is right time for the congress to initiate the talk over the contradiction.
But, the big question still remains: who will lead the coalition?
Vignesh. S. G
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