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Will the opposition queue up behind KCR?

By IndianMandarins- 17 May 2022
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New Delhi (17.05.2022): If the BJP is getting ready with its plan for Presidential elections to get its candidate sail through despite having short of 9000 votes, a stiff challenge to the BJP is likely by not any leader from north, east or west where the party has the most bitter critiques like Mamata Banerjee, Uddhav Thackrey and Arvind Kejriwal but a leader from south India K Chandrashekar Rao.

Telangana chief minister KCR is trying to surprise the BJP by defeating the BJP candidate. The biggest opposition party -- the Congress -- is busy putting its house in order, so the Presidential election is not its priority. Among powerful regional satraps like Sharad Pawar, Mamata Banerjee, Jagan Mohan Reddy, M K Stalin, Naveen Patnaik and K Chandrashekhar Rao, it is KCR who is proactive. Something is certainly cooking up between Bihar CM Nitish Kumar and RJD’s Lalu Prasad. Akhilesh Yadav of the SP may join the bandwagon of the OBC leaders of Bihar or vice versa. This mobilization of Opposition leaders will certainly matter not only in the Presidential polls but also for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections as some of them are unchallenged in their areas of influence.

The positioning has already started as Nitish is not ready with anything less than the President while NDA is not ready for anything more than Vice President. Pawar and Mamata want to pull down Modi from the seat of power and presidential elections could be the beginning. But opposition is a divided house as Patnaik and Reddy already indicated to go along with the NDA. The NCP is in the government in Maharashtra but as an organization, it is not very strong and so is the case with the Shiv Sena. The DMK will certainly go against the NDA and will join the opposition hands for its candidate if they are able to zero in on the name of any candidate. Mamata is very strong, aggressive and ambitious but incoherent and unpredictable. She does not have an appeal across the country.

KCR with good communication skills laced with Deccani Urdu and secular credentials has started meeting people and is hopeful to glue the entire opposition. He has already met with Uddhav Thackrey and Sharad Pawar. He has plans to meet Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren, SP leader Akhilesh Yadav, Janata Dal (S) leader HD Deve Gowda and even Nitish Kumar.

With a strong Muslim support base of his own and AIMIM as its ally, KCR is trying to become a unifying factor. The leader that never stepped out of the electoral territory beyond Telangana is now looking for an all-India role. If he succeeds and is able to take along the rest of the opposition political parties that will start showing results during the run-up to the Presidential polls. But among the various regional satraps, he is the only leader who has the quality to take the opposition together with his communication skills and connect with the people of the rest of the country. Developments in a month’s time will reveal which way politics will unfold?

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