Shiv Sena: ‘No Opposition Front Without Congress, Leadership Can Be Decided Later’: Shiv Sena Leader Sanjay Raut After Meeting Rahul Gandhi | India News – Times of India

New Delhi: Shiv Sena have come out strongly in support of Congress, which has recently been targeted by several regional parties, with some even questioning the grand old party’s relevance as a coalition partner.
Few days after the Chief Minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee Shiv Sena leader takes a dig at Congress with his “There is no UPA now” remark Sanjay Raut He was clearly told in a clear message that “there can be no opposition front without the Congress”.
The Congress is headed by the United Progressive Alliance (UPA), which ruled the country from 2004 to 2014 before the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) came to power at the Centre.
Sanjay Raut, who had a long meeting with Congress leader Rahul Gandhi On Tuesday, it also said that there should be only one opposition front to take on the BJP.
However, the Shiv Sena leader also clarified that the Congress cannot be the natural leader of the alliance and said that “the face of the opposition front could be a matter of discussion”.
On the possibility of Shiv Sena joining UPA, Sanjay Raut said that he will first meet Uddhav Thackeray and then answer the question.
The Shiv Sena and Congress, along with Sharad Pawar’s Nationalist Congress Party, are part of the ruling coalition in Maharashtra.
Ironically, the Shiv Sena, which was part of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance till 2019, has openly supported the Congress, while Sharad Pawar, who has been a Union minister in the UPA governments, was non-committal about the Congress’s presence. – are committed. Opposition Front.
It is worth noting that Mamata Banerjee’s UPA remarks and Rahul Gandhi’s foreign visits were ridiculed in the presence of Sharad Pawar.
However, the NCP leader himself did not say anything against the Congress and when specifically asked about the oldest party, he said that anyone willing to oppose the BJP can join. opposition coalition,
Shivsena’s stand for Congress will come as a big boost.
Regional stalwarts like Lalu Prasad in Bihar and Akhilesh Yadav in Uttar Pradesh have not only hit out at the Congress in recent times, but have also questioned its usefulness as an ally.
In Bihar, the RJD refused to forge an alliance with the Congress for the bypolls to the two seats that were held recently.
However, after a long time, the RJD, buoyed by Lalu Prasad’s campaign, lost both the seats to Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal (United).
Later results showed that the RJD’s performance in at least one seat could have been better had it forged an alliance with the Congress.
In Uttar Pradesh, Akhilesh Yadav, who has refused to contest the assembly elections in alliance with the Congress, recently took a dig at the oldest party and said that it will not be able to open its account in the state.