-Mrityunjay Singh

The clamour of the non-Congress Chief Ministers against Centre during the special meet convened by the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh over internal security, the subsequent separate meeting attended by the Tamil Nadu CM J Jayalalithaa, Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik, Gujarat CM Narendra Modi in the national capital on Monday and Congress’ debacle in Delhi civic polls after the party’s poor performance in the recently concluded assembly polls in March are some of the major political developments which are bound to have a wider impact on the national politics.

Present political situation across the country provides sufficient avenue to the main opposition Party BJP to capitalise it in its favour. The party which is leading the second largest alliance, NDA, has been trying to lure more and more regional parties in its fold, which is evident from the April 3 meeting between Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, Arun Jaitley, and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa in Chennai.

The raging political slugfest between the Centre and non-Congress state governments over the issue of maintaining the canons of federalism has accentuated the emergence of the new political equation, off course in favour of BJP.

Now it largely depends on the acumen of the BJP leadership to capitalise the situation in its favour and the upcoming assembly polls in Gujarat by the end of this year and in 2013 in the states like Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan will be a litmus test for the BJP prior to 2014 General Elections.
If we focus on the situation in the aftermath of the Chief Ministers meeting on Monday, it clearly tells that there is a strong wrath among regional parties against the policies of the UPA government at the Centre.         
The special meeting convened by the Prime Minister on Monday to discuss the internal security scenario in the country with state Chief Ministers failed to appease the non-Congress Chief Ministers who have been vehemently opposing the proposed National Counter Terrorism Center (NCTC).

Even after the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Home Minister P Chidambaram toning down their voice in support of the proposed anti-terror body, the acrimony between UPA led Centre and non-Congress state governments over threat to the federal structure of the nation remains. This was reflected when the UPA’s key ally and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee chose to skip the meet and other regional satrap like Tamil Nadu CM J Jayalalithaa, Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik, Gujarat CM Narendra Modi met separately in the national capital obviously not to discuss the temperature of Delhi or any other part of the country.

The separate meeting has its own political implications given the unfavourable political scenario for the Congress party.
The meeting of the three stalwarts of India’s regional politics on Monday is being viewed as the unfolding of a new alliance against Congress which is heading a government at the centre for nearly eight years. Congress is facing multi-prong challenges both at the political and administrative fronts after being voted to power for the second consecutive term in May 2009.

The party has apparently been unsuccessful in effectively dealing with the political problems like disarray in UPA-II, losing its mass appeal across the country, organizational flaws besides curbing the problems like spiraling prices of essential commodities, rampant corruption and threat to internal security from Maoists, Jihadi terror outfits and the insurgent groups active in the north-eastern part of the country.

People of the country are desperately waiting for an effective alternative of the Congress led UPA which has failed to curb their basic problems especially skyrocketing prices. The situation is ripe enough for the opposition to present such an alternative which will definitely strengthen the democratic setup of the nation.