It is a fact that the results of the Karnataka assembly polls will set the pattern of political events leading to the crucial Lok Sabha elections in 2019. Keeping this fact in view the ruling Congress and the BJP are locked in a bitter battle to win the polls. While the Congress is clearly ahead by a big margin, the managed poll surveys are predicting a photo-finish showing the Congress slightly ahead of the BJP. When in a series of bypolls in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and UP, the BJP had to bite dust which shows the party’s decline in the grass-roots support even in the BJP-ruled states. Except UP, the other two states are going to polls later this year. The opposition parties are making efforts to form an alliance against the BJP but this seems to be a Herculean task. The BJP has been keenly observing the political happenings and the trends and signals emanating from the opposition parties. Lately the Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao announced that he would make efforts to form a front on national level to oppose the BJP and the Congress. He met the opposition leaders like Mamata Banerjee, Deve Gowda, Karuranidhi’s son Stalin and others and conducted preliminary talks. He is reported to have been disappointed because these leaders are opposed to the BJP for adopting extreme Hindutva way but they could not distract from the fact that no future government could be formed without the Congress. Some political pundits are of the opinion that the Telangana Chief Minister has a hidden agenda and he wanted to support the BJP raising the slogan for more space of regional parties. He is presenting himself as the Messiah of regional parties. However, he cannot take the opposition parties for a ride.
Against this backdrop, it is reasonable for the Congress to see the light at the end of the tunnel. In near future this light may turn into a glaring beam of hope because there is no hope for the BJP to change its attitude towards the national scenario. It is in much hurry to gain its Hindutva agenda. Therefore the combination of opposition parties to fight and defeat the BJP is certain. The Congress President Rahul Gadhi is definitely clairvoyant of the future political scenario which is certainly disastrous for the BJP. The Congress has always been ready to bounce back and its leader able to tackle the situation that may emerge. Rahul Gandhi had no hesitation to say ‘yes’ when in an interaction with media persons and others on May 8, he was asked whether he was ready for the top post.
He said he was pretty sure that the BJP would not be able to form the government after 2019 elections and Narendra Modi would not be the next Prime Minister. If the Congress would emerge as the largest party he would stake his claim and form the government, he said. It is the second time that he indicated that he is ready to become the Prime Minister. Last year in September, he told a group of students in Berkley University in the US that he was absolutely ready to become the Prime Minister. Senior Congress leaders in their reaction said it was a fact that was stated by him.