New Delhi, May 2: Former Chief Justice of Allahabad High Court, Justice Markandey Katju, dismissed the idea of a united Opposition against Prime Minister Narendra Modi. According to Katju, it would be a “gang of dacoits” who would join hands with no principle except to safeguard their existence. Katju further opines that such a coalition would fail to survive even if it wins the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. The former judge believes that the grand alliance of all non-BJP parties would be akin to the 10 heads of Ravana, who would be headed in different directions. Even if it succeeds in 2019, the coalition would meet the same fate as that of the Janata Party, which existed for barely two years after coming to power in 1977, Katju recalled.
Katju’s comments came in the backdrop of a convention held in the national capital which were attended by major Centre and Left-leaning parties. At the convention, Janata Dal (United) leader Sharad Yadav reiterated more than once about the need to unite the Opposition in order to defeat the communal forces. Stressing on the same point, CPI leader Atul Anjan said, “If Centre to Left parties will not unite, then the country would be turned into a Hindu Rashtra.”
Here is what Markandey Katju wrote on social media:
That joker, Sharad Yadav, keeps talking of Opposition unity against the BJP. In other words, according to him, Congress, SP, BSP, TMC, RJD, JDU, DMK, ADMK, PDP, NC, Telugu Desam, KCR’s party, CPI, CPM, BJD, MIM, etc should all form a coalition to defeat BJP.
But assuming such an alliance is formed, and it wins the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, what will ensue?
It will be an unprincipled coalition, with its partners like crabs in a pot, all pulling in different directions, like the Janta Party formed in 1977, and each of them haggling for lucrative portfolios to make hay ( or rather, money ) while the sun shines. It will be like a gang of dacoits, sharing no common principle except the quest for power and pelf.
It will be a Ravana with 10 heads, but each head headed for a different direction.
There is a story in the Mahabharata of Sunda and Upasunda, two rakshasas who destroyed each other by fighting one another.
The Opposition coalition contemplated by Sharad Yadav will be not two but ten rakshasas who will destroy each other by fighting among themselves