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Mamata Banerjee's Kolkata rally is not opposition unity in the true sense
'Finally there's a Mahagthbandhan!' my friend said, 'Mamata Banerjee succeeded in uniting all the opposition leaders. Isn't it?'

I was really surprised. I asked, 'where's the Mahagthbandhan and where the opposition unity is?'

My friend was equally surprised over my question. But I know his problem. Instead of going deep, he always gets influenced by the media pushed perception.

Yes, there were representatives from twenty different parties present at TMC's Kolkata rally on Saturday. They all spoke against Narendra Modi government. But where's the gathbandhan? Will the TMC enter into an alliance with the Congress or the Left front? If not, will form an alliance with Farooq Abdulla's NC, Chandrababu's TDP or Stalin's DMK? No, there would be no alliance anywhere.

In West Bengal the TMC, Left and the Congress will contest against each other first and then with the BJP. Thus, there's no alliance in West Bengal. In UP it's clear that SP-BSP will contest in alliance against the BJP as well as the Congress. In MP, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan etc, Congress, SP and BSP will contest each other along with BJP. At Delhi the AAP and the Congress will contest each other apart from contesting with the BJP-led NDA. In Kerala the Congress and Left will contest each other before contesting against the BJP. In every state the situation is same.

The point is simple, every opposition party although claims to fight against the BJP but in fact has to fight with other parties for survival. That's the reality. In fact like 2014, they will contest each other apart from contesting against the BJP. The only alliance I understand is between SP-BSP in UP which according to me may not yield much benefit.

Now you may ask, what the message Mamata Banerjee's Kolkata rally gives! The strategy is simple. Mamata want to make herself a bigger national leader in front of her home crowd just to energise the voters sentimentally. 'A Bengali Prime Minister' is such a tempting term to which voters from Bengal may like and support Mamata Banerjee in Bengal.

Similar rallies are expected to be arranged in UP, Andhra, Tamil Nadu in the process of making the local leader as a tall leader. All local leaders will be projected as Prime Ministerial candidates just to raise regional sentiment. But no local satraps be it Mayawati or Mamata or KCR wants to be a short-time Prime Minister and then have no office for life-long like HD Devegowda.

The flip side is that nowadays public are very smart and can see through the political designs. Common sense says that such display of opposition unity is in fact possible post poll alliance and never a pre-poll alliance. The people don't want an unstable government at least at the Centre. Thus, this effort of pushing a perception of opposition unity and trying to make a local leader taller in the state may backfire.

Whatever may be the end result, whatever happened in Kolkata rally can neither be considered as a Mahagthbandhan nor opposition unity because all those parties are set to contest against each other!

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