Congress’s P Chidambaram right now dismissed the opportunity of an Opposition entrance with out the Congress, insisting that barring it, all different events are “one-state events” and will be unable to muster greater than 48 seats. Chatting with NDTV within the backdrop of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s efforts to assemble collectively the opposition events for a united entrance towards the BJP within the 2024 nationwide elections, Mr Chidambaram mentioned, “Political leaders are welcome to make their very own efforts. However arithmetic stares within the face”.
“Barring the BJP and the Congress, there isn’t a political celebration in India which may hope to get greater than 48 seats. All of them are one-state events,” he informed NDTV in an unique interview.
Among the many opposition, “solely the Congress is able to successful sizeable seats. With out the Congress, an opposition entrance shall be like Hamlet with out the Prince of Denmark,” he added in a Shakespearean allusion.
Mr Kumar had met Rahul Gandhi on Monday, the primary on the checklist of leaders he meant to fulfill in Delhi. Sources mentioned the 2 leaders had mentioned the opportunity of attaining Opposition unity forward of the 2024 normal elections.
Mr Gandhi was in Kanyakumari right now, flagging off the celebration’s huge mass-contact programme “Bharat Jodo Yatra”, as a part of which he’ll stroll to Kashmir – a journey of almost 150 days over 12 states.
Requested in regards to the Congress pitching the rally as a people-contact programme as a substitute of a political transfer forward of 2024, Mr Chidambaram admitted that something finished by a political celebration has political worth.
“The rally is politically necessary. That mentioned, that is an effort to make the individuals conscious that the nation is heading for a disaster” and impress upon them the necessity for unity, he mentioned.
Requested if this was one more effort to relaunch Rahul Gandhi forward of the celebration’s inside elections due subsequent month, given the concentrate on his outsize position, Mr Chidambaram mentioned Mr Gandhi is already a pacesetter for the reason that odd employees of the Congress “acknowledge and settle for Rahul Gandhi as chief”.
“Whether or not the chief will develop into president of Congress I can not say. However he’s a pacesetter. President of the Congress celebration can’t be determined by anybody aside from employees of the celebration. The employees need to resolve, and they’re very clear of their thoughts that it’s Rahul Gandhi,” he added.