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Patna : If the silence of the opposition parties particularly Congress, JD (U), TMC, SP and BSP over the constroversy surrounding the land deals of RJD Chief Lalu Prasad’s sons and daughter are any indication, a unified opposition challenging the BJP led NDA in 2019 Lok Sabha polls appears to be an unlikely proposition at this stage in 2017.

Lalu may himself  prove to be the biggest hurdle in it due to the controversial land deals of his family members even he himself finds nothing wrong with them saying all the rules and regulations were followed in the land deals and the BJP is indulging in character assassination only. That apart the Supreme Court has directed the CBI to ensure trials in some more fodder scam cases involving Lalu and others are completed within nine months that is one year before the 2019 LS polls.

It is likely to be Bihar CM Nitish Kumar who may play a pivatol role in bringing opposition parties on one platform not Lalu. However, the forays of both these two leaders in other states have so far proved to be damp squib.

Lalu’s challenge to PM Narendra Modi to dissolve the Lok Sabha and seek fresh mandate lacks conviction in the wake BJP’s recent lanslide victories in UP and Uttrakhand and forming governments in Goa and Manipur besides the civic poll results in Maharashtra, Bengal and Odisha. Moreover, 2019 is just two years away. Why the hurry?


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