With the country having completed three phases of Lok Sabha elections and gearing up for the fourth phase, political party across the spectrum are having heated arguments and their blame-games are increasing. While the BJP is witnessing a boost with the celebrities and army veterans joining the party and a return of Modi-wave in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's roadshow in Varanasi, the Opposition remains unsure about its Mahagathbandhan that surfaced on March 24, 2018, on the swearing-in ceremony of Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy.
Republic Media Network's Editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami explained the trajectory on the Sunday Debate:
With the massive Opposition unity photo on the swearing-in ceremony of Kumaraswamy, to the Congress leader Salman Khurshid making a 'choor-choor' remark on the SP-BSP-RLD alliance in Uttar Pradesh, here's a look at how the Mahagathbandhan has journeyed so far:
During the same occasion, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee and Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu had said:
"We have all come here. We are very happy Kumaraswamy is the CM. In future also we'll be together. We are watching and want to promote more and more regional parties. We want to express our solidarity" - N Chandrababu Naidu, Andhra Pradesh CM
"We are very happy that Kumaraswamyji is taking oath. We will keep in touch with all the regional parties. Our vision is very clear. Congress is also a separate party. We are here to support JD(S) as a regional party. "Jo humse takrayega, woh choor-choor ho jayega" - Mamata Banerjee, West Bengal CM
He was quoted as saying by news agency ANI: “I am in pain. Six months have completed since Kumaraswamy became Chief Minister. All kinds of things have happened in these six months, till now I have not opened my mouth but I can’t keep quiet now,”
On April 24, 2019: While addressing a public rally, Congress' Salman Khurshid slammed the BSP-SP-RLD Gathbandhan with the same Choor Choor remark that was used against the BJP during Karnataka CM H D Kumaraswamy's swearing-in ceremony
Khurshid said: "We will fight against Modi, and I declare that whosever will interfere in the fight between me and Modi, or will try to stop me, whether he be from Gathbandhan or from BSP (Haathi), I will attack them and will break them into pieces"
("Hamare yaha is waqt ye keher hai ki hum Modi se ladenge, aur main aelan karta hu, Modi se jo meri ladai main mere samne ayega, aur mujhe rokne ki koshish karega, wo gathbandhan ka naam le, ya wo haathi ka naam le, main usko waar karke choor choor kar dunga.")