The long and difficult road to opposition unity
The Congress will have to agree to play a secondary or fringe role in many states. This will have implications for the party's political future
The Karnataka election results has left most analysts confused. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has emerged as the single largest party but has not succeeded in forming the government. The Congress and Janata Dal (Secular), or JD(S) have formed an alliance and look set to form the government. The one clear conclusion that most observers have zeroed in on is: opposition unity will be key to defeating the BJP in 2019. A fragmented opposition will find it immensely difficult to take on the combined might of BJP’s organizational machinery and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s popularity.
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