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Ambitions for the country, self-preservation, or taking the safe route? Why KCR, Naidu, and Patnaik may skip the OPPN meeting

The much-anticipated opposition meeting finally seems to be coming together after two unsuccessful efforts, as Lalan Singh of the JD(U) and Tejashwi Yadav of the RJD jointly announced June 23 as the new date on Wednesday evening.

“After talking to everyone, it has been decided that all opposition parties will meet on June 23,” Rajiv Ranjan, alias Lalan Singh, stated. The conference will take place in Patna. The opposition will come together as one.

Mamata Banerjee (TMC), Akhilesh Yadav (Samajwadi Party), Uddhav Thackeray (Shivsena-Uddhav Balasaheb Thackey), Hemant Soren (JMM), Arvind Kejriwal (AAP), MK Stalin (DMK), D Raja (CPI), Sitaram Yechury (CPI-M) and Dipankar Bhattacharya (CPI-ML) will attend the meeting.

Rahul Gandhi and Mallikarjun Kharge, the president and vice president, respectively, of the Congress, both indicated that they would be unable to attend the meeting on June 12, hence the date was changed. Stalin, the leader of the DMK, had also said that he would not be able to attend on the designated day. The leaders have finally decided to go to the mammoth summit on June 23 in Patna, however.

While the Opposition makes efforts to present a unified front, the unpredictability surrounding three significant regional actors might cause problems. News18 investigates:

K. Chandrashekar R.

Both politicians did not mention Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao during the significant statement during the press conference. Since there are disagreements with Congress, a highly placed source informed CNN-News18 that KCR hasn’t decided whether to join the “one against one” coalition. KCR recently criticized the Congress in a public speech at Telangana’s Nagarkurnool and urged the populace to “dump the party in the Bay of Bengal.”

Additionally, KCR has been focused on growing his Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS) party in other states. BRS has established offices in all 288 of Maharashtra’s constituencies and has plans to create additional regional offices in Mumbai, Pune, Aurangabad, and Nagpur. Additionally, the BRS intends to grow in Madhya Pradesh. It is also doubtful that KCR would get along well with Nitish Kumar, the chief minister of Bihar, given KCR’s visit to Patna in August of last year, when Kumar attempted to leave the press conference after being questioned about the Opposition’s prime ministerial face, and KCR instructed him to sit down. It’s too soon to tell, KCR had stated. First, let’s sit down together. Currently, the BRS has nine MPs in the Lok Sabha and seven in the Rajya Sabha.

PATNAIK, NAVEEN

The 76-year-old seasoned politician has never been certain whether to back the Congress or the NDA headed by the BJP. Nitish Kumar has organized a number of meetings over the last several months in an effort to unite the opposition groups behind a shared agenda. A similar effort was made on May 9 by the chief minister of Bihar, but it was unsuccessful since “no politics was discussed” during their meeting in Bhubaneswar. “Our relationship is well known, and we worked together many years ago. Today, no coalitions were discussed, Patnaik stated after the meeting.

“My relationship with his (Patnaik’s) father Biju Babu and Naveen ji is very old,” Kumar had previously said. The Covid-19 epidemic prevented us from meeting. There were no political talks. We get along well and don’t need to talk politics right now.

In the past, Patnaik has always taken the cautious route. In addition, his close aides claim that he has no interest in national politics and is content in his position as chief minister of Odisha. He has always benefited from the politics of equidistance. Patnaik had already declared his attendance at the ceremony even though the Opposition had decided to skip it. BJD has nine Rajya Sabha members and twelve Lok Sabha MPs.

N. C. D. R. A. B. N.

Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, which are neighbors of Karnataka, seem to have been impacted by the results of the recent elections in that state. Chandrababu Naidu, the head of the Telugu Desam Party and a former chief minister of Andhra Pradesh, came to Delhi on June 3 to conduct discussions with the senior BJP officials.

Conversations in political circles were triggered by Naidu’s meeting with Amit Shah. It was the first time Naidu and Shah had spoken since their harsh breakup in 2018, when the TDP accused the Modi administration of being indifferent to the party’s demand for Andhra Pradesh to be granted special status.

Political analysts claim that Naidu is attempting to form a coalition with the BJP because he finds it challenging to take on the YSRCP and the state’s popular chief minister, YS Jagan Mohan Reddy.

Therefore, it would be problematic for Naidu to attend a gathering of the unified opposition at a time when he is attempting to win over the BJP. TDP has three Lok Sabha members and one member of the Rajya Sabha.

 

 

 

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