High political drama till June 24
June 29, is the last day for filing nominations for the Presidential polls. Till 24th June, the high political drama will be enacted in New Delhi. Breaking news syndrome added several behind the scene flurry of activities. In almost all Headquarters of AICC, BJP, CPM or Trinamool, and AAP.
Say another fortnight. Nail-biting tense.
For the opposition, what is the common minimum agenda for 16 Political parties for selecting the face?
It is a general election where Communalism, bulldozers, Hijab, and Halal can be talked about. But for a dignified Presidential poll campaign, Is the slogan to save democracy? Or save the Constitution as Sonia Gandhi said. Or giggle out Enforcement Directorate investigations? Most of the opposition leaders in one way or the other are in CBI or ED net.
The 26 major Indian political parties taken from the ruling as well as the opposition will hide and seek their strategies, till the other pronounces the choice. Say roughly on 24th a final picture might emerge. For the other ten days, it is just a balloon flying style of speculation. Prime Minister Narendra Modi leaves for Germany on 26. The usual drill is BJP central parliamentary board will meet at a short notice. Modi will spring a surprise with his pick. Till then secrecy shrouds. It is most unfortunate commentary that the principal opposition party Congress is inactive, is in a web of scam of National Herald. Sonia Gandhi is unwell.
Hospitalized Sonia Gandhi does not have a keen interest to propose a Congress Party nominee for the President post. Why so? Sonia Gandhi realized that Mamata Banerjee will not be on board. After Mamata’s comment that Rahul Gandhi is a frequent traveller and does not want to take head-on Narendra Modi.
Mamata Banerjee got first into the formation of a united opposition front to challenge the BJP nominee. Congress having got a snub from a few state parties, it is also speculated in New Delhi that Sonia Gandhi will hold a second meeting, sources said, is likely on 20 June. But will she get well by then? Another reason is that Sonia Gandhi might seek two months’ time from Enforcement Directorate for her appearance in the National Herald scam.
Mamata Banerjee proved her leadership. Sharad Pawar is clever. He is using her to send a message to Sonia Gandhi.
The same old Rajya Sabha group Congress leaders Mallikarjun Kharge, Jairam Ramesh, and K C Venugopal are political advisors to Sonia Gandhi. In a lighter vein, a senior Congress leader quipped that the best candidate from the opposition party is the Director of Enforcement. He is inquiring into the scams of almost all political party leaders who are attending the Mamata Banerjee meeting at the Constitution Club in New Delhi.
Take Mamata her nephew is in ED. AAP leader Manish Sisodia is in the ED net. RJD leaders Tejaswi Yadav in a scam, NC leader Omar Abdullah, PDP leader Mehbooba Mufti is in the ED net, Ramgopal Yadav from SP, Subhash Desai from Shiv Sena Sanjay Raut being examined by ED. DMK which is attending is also facing ED charges against three of Stalin’s ministers.
The exception is former PM H D Deve Gowda and his son H D Kumara Swamy.
Trinamool Congress is keen to take centre stage overtaking the 135 year Grand old Party Indian National Congress. BJP has announced that Rajnath Singh and J P Nadda will discuss with all political parties except Congress and the Left – to arrive at a consensus name.
Again such a screwed move is to gain time.
Mamata Banerjee wrote to 18 political parties. She got a setback on the day of the meeting that Telangana Rashtriya Samiti will boycott her initiative. The reason, K Chandrasekhar Rao felt that the Federal Front consisting of non-congress and non-BJP will have to be tried. Whichever side you may turn, you have to bear with the speculative gas ballooning grapevines. Till June 26, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi takes off for Germany to attend G7. Suspense to continue till then. End
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