Sumary of Is it time for the federal front to emerge?:
- West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Some of India opposition leaders believe moulding a ‘federal front’ to stop the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) juggernaut is an idea whose time has come..
- West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader Mamata Banerjee has proposed a conclave of opposition leaders after May 2, when votes to the current round of assembly polls in four states and a union territory will be counted..
- In May 1983, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief NT Rama Rao hosted 24 opposition leaders of 14 political parties to stitch an alliance against the Indira Gandhi-led Congress for the Lok Sabha polls, which were 18-months away..
- The meeting came on the heels of the Congress losing Andhra Pradesh to the TDP and Karnataka to the Janata Party in the January 1983 assembly polls..
- With Tamil Nadu ruled by the MG Ramachandran-led All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK), which had Left and other anti-Congress parties as its allies, the only southern state the Congress ruled then was Kerala..
- By the end of March, Karnataka Chief Minister Ramakrishna Hegde had called a meeting of his southern counterparts to ostensibly discuss federalism..
- It is quite possible that by the evening of May 2, the AIADMK, currently an ally of the BJP could lose Tamil Nadu, and the BJP is left with only Karnataka and Goa of the eight states below the Vindhyas….