Mumbai: Amid speculations about the formation of a Third Front, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut on Wednesday said it is a difficult task to bring all the opposition parties together and build a consensus on a single face to take on the BJP in the 2024 general elections. Explaining the reason for this, he said that every regional party considers itself to be the king and tries to “fix things on its own accord”.
Asked if Sharad Pawar would be that likely face, Raut said the Nationalist Congress Party chief is a senior national leader, but at the same time, some people are thinking about West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress President Mamata Banerjee. .
Big task for opposition parties to agree on one face to compete with BJP- Sanjay Raut
Sanjay Raut said, “It is a huge task to bring all the opposition parties together to take on the BJP in the 2024 general elections and build a consensus on one face. Every opposition party considers itself like a king and tries to settle things according to its own accord.
Raut also said that, “We need a face like Jayaprakash Narayan against the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, VP Singh against Rajiv Gandhi in the post-Emergency elections to counter the central government. Later (then Prime Minister ) Manmohan Singh and (Congress President) Sonia Gandhi were challenged by Narendra Modi in the 2014 general elections.
Some people even think about Mamata Banerjee: Sanjay Raut
Asked who could emerge as a possible face to take on the BJP, Raut said, “Sharad Pawar has been a national leader for a long time. Few people think of Mamata Banerjee after her stellar performance in the recent West Bengal elections. I would be happy if (election strategist) Prashant Kishor can do some magic in such a situation.
Prashant Kishor had recently met Mamata Banerjee and Pawar separately. He also met Congress leader Rahul Gandhi in Delhi on Tuesday. Raut said that he has a good relationship with Kishor and his meeting with the Congress leadership is completely his own matter.
Sonia Gandhi, Sharad Pawar, Uddhav Thakre have to decide on Nana Patol
Reacting to state Congress chief Nana Patole’s comments on expanding his party’s base in Maharashtra, Raut said, “There is nothing to talk about. Every leader of the party talks about the expansion of his party in the party meetings and rallies. The real decision has to be taken by Sonia Gandhi, Sharad Pawar and (Shiv Sena President and Maharashtra Chief Minister) Uddhav Thackeray.”
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