Congress leading the alliance is not practicable considering today’s political situation as the regional parties find it difficult to negotiate with their intricate and long-delayed procedures.
While there is just a year left for the next general elections, the Modi regime has already spread across the country like wildfire. If they manage to win one more poll, then the country and its political scenario must be ready for an authoritarian democracy. Can a political alliance counter their growth? If yes, is it possible? Who can lead such a league?
Since national parties are mostly rigid and what the alliance would need is a bit of flexibility, regional parties will be the best shot to go. Samajwadi Party, which is a great opposition to Bharatiya Janata Party, can hold hands with the unacknowledged small parties of Uttar Pradesh and become an alliance.
TMC’s Mamata Banerjee is someone who has kept herself raw while criticizing Modi and his government. Her being the only woman chief minister in the country holds a certain form of power and trust among people. This support stabilized her position in the Indian political structure. Her leadership is something that the anti-BJP front will not deny.
She has publicly stated that the regional parties should focus more on coming together and making a strong opposition to BJP. Bringing Trinamool Congress to Goa can be considered as a move to accelerate the process.
The prominent trait of regional parties is that the decisions made by the leaders are approved despite the contrasting views that the party members might have. When it comes to pan-India-level political factions like Congress, such an easy and quick flow of decision-making is not possible.
A space to be fluid in such alliances should be considered positive as it allows additional less established parties with the same ideologies to join the force. The lack of popularity for such leagues will also accommodate more small parties The Samajwadi Party-led alliance in UP, Trinamool Congress in Goa, Aam Aadmi Party in Goa and prove this feature.
But AAP is backed by associations like Gomantak Bhandari Samaj which takes its name to the foundation of the society in the name of caste. Barring Maharashtra Vikas Agadi, which is a coalition of the Nationalist Congress Party, Shiv Sena and the Congress, all others have a less rigid composition of direction.
The ease of decision-making is also a reason for the state-wise alliance formation rather than at the national level. If the sovereignty of the state alliance is disrupted, it will not give them the choice of freedom to shatter or form an alliance with any other new regional party. With the flexibility they have to function and go against the ruling party, they still cannot be censured due to the branded guidance they have.
Can Congress be a part of the alliance? Despite INC being nationally recognised, they have a very small number of seats in the Lok Sabha which cannot be left unnoticed. Congress leading the alliance is not practicable considering today’s political situation as the regional parties find it difficult to negotiate with their intricate and long-delayed procedures.
The utmost aim is to avert the ruling government from unrolling its power further. If the alliance formed out of local parties can achieve this goal, the dominion entrenched in the public by Narendra Modi and Amit Shah over eight years will gradually become ineffective.
The strength found by bringing the regional parties is capable of substituting the power of Congress alone. There seems to be no necessity to include Congress n the success of the alliance. The league, which will be in its constant state of reformation, will not have enough time to spend on deciding who will lead them.
As Sharad Pawar said, the team might work best with collective leadership because there is still time left for a lot of changes to take place. Many might shift from the BJP to become independent or join some other forces that align with their ideology.
The collision of the Bharatiya Janata Party will remain to be another intense goal. Considering the dreary conduct of the administration, chances are high for more parties to come and form an anti-BJP alliance.
The victory of the association solely depends on the Modi government’s approach towards its downfall. If they keep on winning confidence at the grassroots level, then the effect of such unions and their efforts are questionable.