5 hurdles Congress’s G-23 may have to overcome for Opposition unity before 2024

A gathering of Opposition leaders known as by Kapil Sibal, one in every of Congress’s ‘G-23’ chief, on Monday night time noticed wider participation than was seen on the breakfast meet convened by the Congress’s de facto boss Rahul Gandhi final week. Incidentally, Kapil Sibal hosted the dinner when Rahul Gandhi was on a Kashmir go to.

G-23, NOT THE CONGRESS

Kapil Sibal’s dinner assembly was attended by representatives from the Biju Janata Dal (BJD), the Shiromani Akali Dali, the YSR Congress Party (YSRCP), and likewise the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), who weren’t on the breakfast desk set by Rahul Gandhi. These events are neither with the Bharatiya Janata Party-led NDA nor the Congress-led UPA. They additionally do not have separate ties with the Congress.

Kapil Sibal’s assembly was way more high-profile than the one hosted by Rahul Gandhi. Among these at Kapil Sibal’s dinner desk had been Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar, Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad and Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav. They had despatched their representatives to Rahul Gandhi’s breakfast assembly.

Besides, the meeting was attended by all of the top G-23 leaders together with Ghulam Nabi Azad, Anand Sharma, Shashi Tharoor, Manish Tewari and Bhupinder Singh Hooda. Interestingly, P Chidambaram and his son Karti Chidambaram had been additionally amongst those that joined the leaders at Kapil Sibal’s residence in New Delhi.

The agenda of the assembly was to formulate a technique to guarantee Opposition unity for the 2024 Lok Sabha election towards the BJP-led NDA. However, the thought is simpler strategised than applied. Here are 5 hurdles that the G-23 of the Congress faces in reaching Opposition unity:

FIXING CONGRESS LEADERSHIP ISSUE

The incontrovertible fact that Kapil Sibal’s dinner meet noticed extra ‘critical’ attendance than the one known as by Rahul Gandhi betrays sure reservations amongst a number of non-NDA events in regards to the Congress’s management points. The SAD consultant reportedly known as this out on the dinner assembly asking the G-23 leaders to repair the management concern inside the Congress first before making an attempt an Opposition unity for 2024.

Some different attendees together with National Conference chief Omar Abdullah are reported to have flagged the Congress management concern on the dinner assembly as properly.

The G-23 leaders of the Congress acquired additional increase with the Chidambarams becoming a member of them on the dinner desk. The dinner assembly is probably going to put stress on the Gandhis to expedite organisational reforms, a requirement for which the G-23 leaders got here collectively final 12 months.

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UNITY IN UTTAR PRADESH POLLS

The instant problem for the Opposition is next year’s Uttar Pradesh Assembly election. While calls had been made on the dinner assembly for a united battle towards the BJP in Uttar Pradesh, an Opposition unity appears unlikely.

The Samajwadi Party, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) – which remained absent from each breakfast and dinner conferences – and the Congress are seemingly to contest the Uttar Pradesh election individually. The Samajwadi Party and the BSP have made this amply clear.

The Samajwadi Party had contested the 2017 Uttar Pradesh polls with the Congress and suffered a heavy defeat. It joined fingers with the BSP in 2019 Lok Sabha election leaving out the Congress. But the outcomes weren’t a lot totally different. They broke up with every asserting they may contest individually with no olive department supplied to the Congress.

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MENDING FENCES WITH SAD IN PUNJAB

Another important state for the Congress that’s going to the polls together with Uttar Pradesh is Punjab. Here, the Congress is in bitter rivalry with the SAD, whose Naresh Gujral reportedly spoke in regards to the management points inside the Congress on the dinner assembly.

Recently, leaders of the SAD and the Congress were involved in a public spat over farm legal guidelines. A video of the incident had gone viral on social media.

Further, the Congress high-command hoisted (*5*) regardless of robust opposition from Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh and G-23 member Manish Tewari. Navjot Sidhu accused Amarinder Singh of getting secret understanding with the SAD.

WINNING OVER JAGAN MOHAN, NAVEEN PATNAIK

Among the Opposition events that have attended both breakfast or dinner assembly, the power majeure are the YSRCP and the BJD. Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik have the political muscle to tilt the stability within the tug of struggle between the BJP-led NDA and an elusive united Opposition entrance.

Recent stories counsel that the BJP is attempting to carry YSRCP within the NDA fold with a berth within the Union Council of Ministers. Jagan Mohan Reddy is claimed to be weighing his choices on the stated proposal. The Congress, for him, is a possible rival occasion in Andhra Pradesh.

On the opposite hand, Naveen Patnaik has remained targeted on Odisha typically extending help to the BJP on important points in Parliament. However, the Congress has grown weak in Odisha whereas the BJP is rising because the strongest rival for the BJD.

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AN OPPOSITION FACE

This may very well be essentially the most contentious concern. For a number of election cycles, the BJP has offered a primary ministerial face within the Lok Sabha polls seeing a shock groundswell in its favour in 2014. Prime Minister Narendra Modi could be 73-plus when the subsequent Lok Sabha election will probably be due and technically out there for the BJP as its prime ministerial face.

The Opposition, if united, will have a process to make a match. While the Congress is probably going to financial institution on Rahul Gandhi, there are contenders within the Opposition rank. Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee has suddenly emerged as a contender in the Opposition bloc after taking her occasion to a stupendous victory over the BJP in West Bengal Assembly polls.

There have different acquainted names comparable to veteran Sharad Pawar, Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief N Chandrababu Naidu and Naveen Patnaik. Each identify within the Opposition bloc evokes sure reservations among the many relaxation.

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