The swearing-in ceremony of Kumaraswamy as new chief minister of Karnataka had cleared the clouds on the future of Indian politics, at least for the 2019 elections. As BJP chief Amit Shah had said two weeks ago at his party State units presidents meeting, the 2019 election is going to be BJP Vs all. It was shown in Bengaluru with the non-BJP and non-Congress parties sharing the dais with the Congress leadership. As the government itself is formed by a regional party – JDS – with the support of the Congress, the regional parties had to share the dais with the Congress. This sharing of the dais was not limited just to Karnataka. It will be extended to the rest of the country and regional parties would decide who would be the next prime minister, as it was claimed in Bengaluru.
Interestingly, the plans are third front or an alternative to the Congress and BJP looked shelved in Bengaluru. It is going to be a united force of the regional parties that would go with the Congress, or extend support to the Congress or take Congress support, whichever is required and wherever is required. This was the plan hatched in Bengaluru when the leaders of Trinamool Congress of West Bengal, Samajwadi Party of Uttar Pradesh, Nationalist Congress Party of Maharastra and Sharad Yadav’s Loktantrik Janata Dal, besides the Left parties.
The leaders of the regional parties met ahead of Kumaraswamy’s swearing-in and have decided to meet again shortly. Interestingly, Trinamool Congress president and West Bengal chief minister Mamata Benerji appeared to have favoured Telugu Desam Party president and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu to take the lead in bringing all the regional parties together. It was initially Telangana Rastra Samithi president and Telangana chief minister Chandrasekhar Rao who wanted to lead this group, projecting as the third front or secular front. But, as he was absent at the swearing-in ceremony and Chandrababu Naidu was available, the regional parties have informally decided to allow the AP CM to lead them against the BJP.
Kumaraswamy had aptly declared that they have tied-up the winning horse of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Karnataka and the Modi’s downfall started at Bengaluru. Leaders like Chandrababu Naidu are strongly looking forward to defeat the BJP, particularly Narendra Modi. Hence Chandrababu Naidu is waiting to take advantage of the situation and build the regional parties forum against the BJP. It is to be seen how he would work his way to build this regional parties forum with the Congress on one side and the Left parties on the other.