Amid tensions with the INDIA bloc--the Opposition coalition, Shiv Sena (UBT) stated on Monday that the alliance's primary objective is to remove a 'dictatorial regime' at the Centre while acknowledging the nuances of state politics
INDIA bloc leaders
Amid tensions with the INDIA bloc--the Opposition coalition, Shiv Sena (UBT) stated on Monday that the alliance's primary objective is to remove a 'dictatorial regime' at the Centre while acknowledging the nuances of state politics, stated a report.
In an editorial featured in the Sena (UBT) mouthpiece 'Saamana', the party said that the upcoming assembly polls in five states this month will serve as a "dress rehearsal" for the crucial Lok Sabha polls next year. The editorial, according to the report stated, the Congress' success in these state elections is important as it plays a significant role in all five poll-bound states, namely Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Telangana, and Mizoram.
The editorial, according to the agency report, asserted, "It is crucial for the Congress to secure victory in these polls to curb the misuse of power and the arrogance of money. This will be pivotal for the INDIA alliance," expressing confidence that the alliance will prevail in the Lok Sabha polls scheduled for 2024.
The 'Saamana' acknowledged the concerns expressed by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who blamed the Congress' preoccupation with the state assembly polls for hindering the INDIA coalition's momentum. It further suggested that Kumar, a key figure in forming the alliance that comprises 28 Opposition parties to challenge the Bharatiya Janata Party, not air the grievances publically as it is perceived advantageous to BJP.
The editorial pointed out that the Congress has not formed alliances with the Samajwadi Party in Madhya Pradesh and that the Aam Aadmi Party is contesting separately despite all three being constituents of INDIA bloc. It stated, "The INDIA alliance was formed to unseat the dictatorial regime at the Centre, and everyone agrees to it. Politics in states is different, and major political parties have to make decisions accordingly."
The recent tensions between INDIA bloc allies like Samajwadi Party, the Congress arose after failure to reach seat-sharing arrangement for Madhya Pradesh assembly polls scheduled for November 17. Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar too said that there are differing opinions among the parties about forming a united front in some state polls. However, he also stressed the importance of a united effort in fighting the upcoming Lok Sabha polls together.