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Jagte Raho – Remain Awakened – by TS Chawla

The effect of global warming has become so anti-human that some people from foreign countries are sweating profusely, some are wetting their bodies with towels, and some are fanning themselves; it is an effort for life’s survival. But in India, though there is no direct global warming effect, Indian politics is politically warming day by day. There is the toughest fight for achieving power in the Lok Sabha elections 2024.

The NDA, led by Narendra Modi, has shown its super jet phenomenon, which has brought religious chaos, hatred among the people, and made the lives of underprivileged, poor, and common people unreliable. Using his powers to make the rival groups either yield too much or compel them to join BJP for survival, such an atmosphere has been experienced for the first time in the history of the country after partition in 1947. Modi has tightened all screws to frighten the enemies.

Time was passing like this, but all the big political parties who also became the target of Modi decided not to get frightened by all his styles and stand boldly to give a democratically bold challenge to the Prime Minister. Though all opposition parties were not in cohesiveness with each other, circumstances created by Modi compelled them to be united to face the most undemocratic enemy.

In the last nine years, they got together and held meetings to fight unitedly, but anyhow, their interests were quite in variation and they could not reach stable decisions. The more time was passing, the more the sharpened missiles of Modi were working. As a result, oneness is sprouting in the opposition groups to launch a counter-attack, and the counter-attack is only to defeat him in the coming Lok Sabha elections 2024.

Most thrashing was Rahul Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo Yatra of 3,750 km on foot from Kanyakumari to Jammu and Kashmir where he hoisted the Indian flag. It was a miracle or some unprecedented power that Rahul developed to complete this yatra in just summer clothes. On his way, Indian men, women, and children – old and young – all met Rahul and apprised him of their woeful stories. This taught Rahul Gandhi so much that he resolved to be fearless in life and face all the styles of Modi.

Even at this juncture, opposition was not seen in unity, but the changed attitude of Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, and Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge started attracting the opposition; and the best valor was exhibited by Congress by winning Karnataka where Modi used all his weapons to win the State, but the efforts of Congress men were so fructifying that they brought Congress to victory stand with 135 seats where BJP was stalled at 65.

The victory of Karnataka spread a surprise praising Congress across the globe, and voices doing the round now were like an air attack on BJP. From that very root, a tree of anti-Modi is growing in the country now, and all parties who became the target of Modi came close to Congress. Bihar CM, Nitish Kumar was already trying for the unity of all opposition; he arranged one meeting of opposition parties in Patna where 15 members participated, and the next meeting for opposition unity was fixed for Bengaluru on July 17 and 18.

Sonia Gandhi herself took the command and extended dialogue with every opposition in the country and okayed it. The meeting of 26 opposition parties was announced, and parties were enthusiastically waiting for it; the NCP Chief Sharad Pawar was doing efforts, but Modi managed to break NCP party, and Ajit Pawar, the nephew of Sharad Pawar, was made Deputy CM in the Maharashtra government.

Shockingly, Modi could not tolerate the efforts of opposition unity, and he immediately announced a meeting of NDA comprising 38 parties on July 18 in Ashoka Hotel, Delhi. The Prime Minister, in fact, created confusion by announcing his party meeting, and the general impression went against the Prime Minister that he is politically narrow and could not digest the holding of opposition meetings.

The best outcome of the opposition meeting is the new name of the front ‘INDIA’ (Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance). This front name was approved by all participants. Another positivity surfaced that there are some traditional rivals in their States under their respective areas and influence, and all the opposition will work as one or sole amalgamated front.

Kharge said that BJP is out to destroy democracy and the constitution and claimed “we are all for peace and in the interest of the country.” Interestingly, TMC Chairperson Mamata Banerjee praised Rahul Gandhi and his efforts in the mission; it clearly obliterates the difference between the two in the meeting. Rahul Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi, Kharge, Arvind Kejriwal, and Mamata Banerjee spoke to the media, and it was all one-voice assertion.

Apart from this, Akhilesh Yadav, Ex-CM of Uttar Pradesh; Lalu Prasad Yadav, Chairperson of RJD; Nitish Kumar, Chief Minister of Bihar; Tejaswi Yadav, Deputy CM of Bihar; Sharad Pawar, Head of NCP; Bhagwant Mann, Punjab Chief Minister; and MK Stalin, Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, were present.

The best outcome of every meeting is this that there is no breakaway of the row, and the next meeting of the front will be held in Mumbai, and a new date will be announced shortly. Rahul Gandhi impressed the media, saying “we are not for power but for harmonious thinking and no hatred.”

Earlier, there were impressions that the unity of the opposition parties will not occur, but now, after observing the excitement among the parties to down Modi, the unity among the parties is very much possible, and all the strategies not harming any party must be drawn in a planned way.

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