New Delhi: The Samajwadi Party leadership on Tuesday distanced itself from DMK president MK Stalin’s proposal of projecting Congress chief Rahul Gandhi as the prime ministerial candidate of the United Opposition, saying that it is not necessary that alliance has the same opinion.
Talking to reporters, Yadav said, “People are unhappy with BJP. Telangana CM, Mamata Ji, and Sharad Pawar ji had attempted to bring together all leaders to form an alliance. If someone is giving his opinion, isn’t necessary that alliance has the same opinion.”
However, it not only SP but other opposition parties too are of the opinion that any decision on the PM candidate should be decided only after the Lok Sabha election results. They are calling it too early and a premature decision.
On Sunday, Stalin had made a strong pitch for the Congress chief as the prime ministerial candidate of Opposition. He made the announcement in the presence of national opposition leaders including Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi. Stalin had said that Congress president Rahul Gandhi should be the prime ministerial candidate for Lok Sabha elections 2019. “Rahul has got the ability to defeat fascist Modi government. Let’s strengthen Rahul Gandhi’s hands, let’s save the country,” had said Stalin.
The DMK chief had also urged all political parties to join forces and support Gandhi to defeat the Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party government.
Lambasting the central government, Stalin had claimed that the country has gone 15 years back in Modi’s 5 years rule. “In the 5 years of PM Modi’s rule, the country has gone 15 years back. If we give another chance to him, surely the country will go 50 years back. PM Modi is behaving like a king, that’s why we’ve all come together to safeguard democracy and country.” However, other opposition parties had termed this decision as a premature decision.
Notably, Stalin’s proposal came at a time when the Congress has been making attempts to stitch a grand alliance (mahagathbandhan) with anti-BJP opposition parties in its bid to dethrone the NDA government at the Centre.
A couple of months ago, former Finance Minister and senior Congress leader P Chidambaram had clarified that the grand old party will not project its president Rahul Gandhi or any other leader as the prime ministerial candidate. Another Congress leader and Thiruvananthapuram MP Shashi Tharoor had also said that Rahul would not be projected as the prime ministerial candidate for the upcoming 2019 Lok Sabha Polls.
The saffron party had suffered a major electoral setback in the recently held assembly elections. The Congress emerged victorious in three Hindi belt states—Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, and Rajasthan—which was ruled by the BJP.