Congress leader Sonia Gandhi, in her article published in an English newspaper on Tuesday, reiterated that the Congress is determined to walk together with like-minded parties.
Meanwhile Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had been trying to ensure opposition unity for several months, but due to some obstacles, his efforts could not move forward effectively.
A major reason for this was that K Chandrasekhar Rao’s BRS, Mamta Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress and Samajwadi Party were showing interest in keeping Congress out of the front of opposition parties.
At the same time, Nitish Kumar believed that without the inclusion of the Congress, there is no meaning of opposition unity.
There itself, The main reason for Nitish Kumar’s indifference was that the Congress leaders themselves were not paying the same attention to their efforts as they expected.
Now with the visit of Nitish Kumar to Delhi, it is once again expected that concrete progress will be seen in the efforts of opposition unity.
Meanwhile, most of the opposition parties came together on the issue of snatching Rahul Gandhi’s parliament, but shortly thereafter NCP chief Sharad Pawar’s interview to a TV channel put a question mark on their unity.
In that interview, Pawar dissociated himself from the opposition’s demand for a JPC inquiry into the Adani case, saying that since the Supreme Court has constituted an inquiry committee of experts in the matter, there is no point in demanding a JPC inquiry.
Well, other opposition parties didn’t give it a big blow and showed a moderate attitude. It’s seems the result of the activities going on behind the scenes is that the mutual understanding between the opposition parties started appearing again.
Not only the parties like Trinamool and AAP appear closer to the Congress, but Nitish Kumar who was sitting in Patna distancing himself from all of them, also became active again.
Coming to Delhi on Tuesday, he first met RJD leader Lalu Prasad and on Wednesday spoke to Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge.
Meanwhile, Sharad Pawar’s important statement has also come that despite disagreeing with the demand for JPC inquiry, NCP will not oppose it in view of the stand of other parties.
All these are indications that if there are no new hurdles, a broad consensus will be reached between the opposition parties on unity and the talks will continue on more nuanced aspects.
But it should not be forgotten that Karnataka assembly elections and after that Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh assembly elections are due.
Out of these, three states are currently ruled by the Congress. Along with Karnataka, if the party’s performance in these states is good, it can ensure a big role in the unity of the opposition parties.