The country is witnessing elections with the divided opposition parties fighting against the strong leadership of the Bharatiya Janata Party, particularly Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Most of the opposition parties, which are not part of the BJP-led NDA, want Narendra Modi to be defeated this time. But, these parties are divided and could not fight the battle together to keep anti-Modi vote intact.
The Congress, the big player in the non-NDA camp, could not make peace with some non-NDA parties. The Congress has differences with the Left parties in Kerala, as he is contesting for the second Lok Sabha seat here to damage the prospects of the ruling Left Front here. The Left parties, which are opposing second term for Narendra Modi are equally opposing Rahul Gandhi as Prime Minister candidate.
The Congress is also causing damage to the electoral prospects of Aam Aadmi Party in Delhi, Trinamool Congress in West Bengal, Bahujan Samaj Party and Samajwadi Party alliance in Uttar Pradesh. These parties are working hard against Narendra Modi, like the Congress. But, there are squabbles among these parties that might help Narendra Modi and his BJP make it to a second term. It was expected that these parties would go to the elections in alliance, not splitting the votes of the opposition to defeat Narendra Modi. But, these parties could not come to terms and are contesting against each other.
AAP supremo and Delhi Chief Minister Aarvind Kejriwal pointed an accusing finger at the Congress president for disunity in the non-NDA parties. “If Modi wins a second term, the Congress president should be blamed,” Arvind Kejriwal said without mincing words. He said that Rahul Gandhi’s attitude had spoiled the opposition unity in several states. While emphasising that non-NDA parties should have contested in alliance together, he regretted that the unity could not be possible because of Rahul Gandhi.
However, the non-NDA leaders are confident of defeating Narendra Modi, while the BJP and Modi himself are confident of having a second term with bigger majority. It is to be seen whose claims would be a reality once the EVMs are opened on May 23.