On Monday, DMK leader MK Stalin has suggested that Congress Chief Rahul Gandhi is named as the Prime Ministerial candidate met with a thumbs-down from most parties, defending his ideas he stated. He argued that Mr. Gandhi has the power to coordinate and unite secular forces.
Ms. Stalin continued that “Projecting Rahul Gandhi for PM is the right thing to unite secular forces,” added by pointing out that Mr. Gandhi was “responsible for victory in three BJP bastion states.”
He further referred to the DMK’s history with Gandhi family to make the point. In 1980, he calls that his father DMK Patriarch M Karunanidhi’s call to Indira Gandhi led to her victory. “In 2004, Congress captured power after Karunanidhi endorsed Sonia Gandhi,” added MK Stalin.
He also urges opposition parties to “strengthen Rahul’s hands for gloomy India to light up.”
Yesterday, Mr. Stalin has spent much his time with the 48-years-old Congress Chief, participated in the Congress oath-taking event in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, which further became a platform for oppositions unity ahead of the upcoming 2019 National Elections.
MK Stalin said that “we require a strong leadership to coordinate democratic forces. That’s why I’ve proposed Rahul Gandhi. Rahul’s hands ought to be strengthened to extricate the country from communalism and to establish democracy.”
His proposal has rattled parties like Samajwadi Party’s Chief Akhilesh Yadav, Trinamool Congress’ Chief Mamata Banerjee, Telugu Desam Party’s chief Chandrababu Naidu, Rashtriya Janata Dal’s Lalu Yadav, National Conference’s Farooq Abdullah, CPM and also by NCP’s Sharad Pawar.
However, the oppositions claim that the final decision will be taken by an opposition bloc only after the elections.
Trinamool Congress termed MK Stalin’s statement as ‘premature’ and may divide the opposition. A senior TMC leader said, “Not only Trinamool, but other opposition parties are also of the opinion that any decision on the PM candidate should be only after the Lok Sabha election results. Any announcement on the PM candidate right now would be premature as it would divide the Opposition camp.”
The statement was agreed by the Samajwadi Party leaders says, “We have stood steadfast that the mandate of 2019 would determine who would lead the government that is formed after that. If we read the elections right, the current mandate is also one that is based on agenda rather than leadership,” added Ghanshyam Tiwari.