The four quick takeaways that should not be missed from "United" Opposition rally held on Saturday in Kolkata:
1. The two self-declared Prime Minister candidates of Mahagathbandhan Rahul Gandhi and Mayawati recused themselves from the event.
2. The event had two objectives :
A. Mamata Banerjee signalling her intention to be the United Front Prime Minister candidate. Remember Shatrughan Sinha's speech "Mamata didi ke netratatva main"
B. Removing PM Narendra Modi the primary negative plank of opposition unity.
3. The Unity is limited to the stage, and disjointed on the ground.
Arun Shourie proposed, " One opposition candidate per constituency should be fielded". The reality of the United front prints a disunited picture in the ground. Three instances which demonstrate the limitation of the Gathbandhan on the ground to project one candidate in one constituency -
a.The AAP-Congress alliance in Delhi looks a distant reality. The AAP has cleared its stance of going alone in Delhi.
b. Murmurs of TDP- Congress going alone in Andhra Pradesh after a shambolic performance of the Mahakutami.
c. SP-BSP leaving Congress out of the Uttar Pradesh alliance. Congress went on to claim they will fight all 80 seats.
4. The United Front alliance claimed to "save country save democracy". It was believed that the proponents of this slogan would have provided an alternate vision which could have "saved" India. Unfortunately, the vision was missing. Also one should not forget the dark times of democracy in Bengal Panchayat polls, which was mired in large scale violence and killing. This makes the slogan "save democracy" an oxymoron, only sloganeering from the stage with limited substance.
Weeks ahead of the crucial 2019 polls, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee headed the "united opposition rally" on Saturday, against the BJP in Kolkata's iconic Brigade Parade ground. Being termed as one of the largest events to take place in West Bengal since independence, leaders of over 20 opposition parties participated in the rally against the ruling Modi government.