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Opposition unity ‘impossible’ without Congress: Shiv Sena

Mumbai, July 2: Despite having low numbers in Parliament and losing power in many states, the Congress is still the only party which enjoys national acceptance and no opposition unity is possible without it, the Shiv Sena said on Monday. Commenting on the ongoing unity efforts among major opposition parties in the run-up to the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the Sena said all the opposition parties were essentially regional forces, unlike the Congress which remains a “national force” by all reckoning. “The real problem before the opposition parties is whether to accept Rahul Gandhi’s leadership or not as there are many aspirants for the post of Prime Minister among opposition leaders,” the Sena said in edits in its mouthpieces “Saamana” and “Dopahar Ka Saamana”. Dwelling on the current political scenario, it said the secret of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s success was that it enjoyed a majority in Parliament, had huge wealth at its command, could “buy” anything with the added advantage of disunity in the opposition.
Asserting that “there is no alternative to Prime Minister Narendra Modi within the BJP”, which also suffers from a “trust” deficit, the Sena noted that the party had so far benefited only from the disarray in opposition ranks. Among the opposition parties, there were several contenders for the post of Prime Minister — Mamata Banerjee, Mayawati, Akhilesh Yadav, M.K. Stalin, N. Chandrababu Naidu, Naveen Patnaik, K. Chandrashekhar Rao and even the 85-year old former Prime Minister, H.D. Deve Gowda. (IANS)

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