The first panel discussion at the Republic Summit 2018 found Piyush Goyal, Union Minister for Railways and Coal, Dr. Farooq Abdullah, former J&K CM and JKNC chief Praful Patel, and former Union Minister & NCP leader in participation discussing various political, social and national issues.
From politics to Pakistan and beyond, the panel touched upon various issues, including the emergence of a 'nationwide Mahagathbandhan'. The panel discussed the Mahagathbandan and lack of consensus in the Parliament within parties.
Questioned about building consensus within the Mahagatbandhan after coming into power, former Union Minister Patel said "I don't see any major issues there. The question of 'Mahagatbandhan' this name is only a nomenclature. It cannot be a national or one Mahagathbandhan."
"We have an alliance in Maharashtra and other parties have alliances in other states, and so will Farooq Abdullah ji will agree that there will be an alliance on the state level. India is a different structure. India will never have one 'Mahagatbandhan'," he added.
Speaking of alliances Patel added that this is not the first time talking about alliances, citing the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government.
To which, Union Minister Goyal said, "Vajpayee was a common program, they were together in all states. They were not fighting in one state and together in another state and some third alliance."
Ex-Chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Farooq Abdullah rebutted to that asserting, "But for national interest, we were one."