News analysis: CBI unites the opposition, and Modi sees an opportunity


The immediate impact of the events in kolkata has been the reinforcement of an emerging unity among all the parties that hope to end the reign of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

If the IWC was acting legally while its officers tried to examine or even arrest the Kolkata police commissioner it is a question that is now before the higher judicial power. Meanwhile, the problem has become a political drama that corresponds to the opening act of an election season that promises many tempting twists and turns in the next two months or so. The immediate impact of the IWC action in Kolkata and the reaction of the chief minister of West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee, has been the reinforcement of an emerging unity among all parties that hope to end the reign of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the next few months. .

Rahul Gandhi, Chandrababu Naidu, Akhilesh Yadav, Sharad Pawar, Tejashwi Yadav and Mayawati quickly came out in support of the Didi. The head of BJD and Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik, who usually take guard positions, also put their weight behind Ms. Banerjee. The stranger outside of this public show of unity is the Chief Minister of Telangana, KCR. Apparently, he keeps his options open, and at least he does not want to ally with Congress even indirectly.

Most, though not all, of these regional parties have had adventures with the BJP in several stages. Although all are now running against the BJP, their animosity toward Congress is no less. Some of these leaders, including Ms. Banerjee, separated from Congress to establish their own individual brand; all of them occupy the political space vacated by the weakening of Congress. But today everyone has a combined agenda, which is to see the back of Mr. Modi.

The contribution of the IWC to this opposition unit is enormous, since India is heading for the 17th general election. These parties have buried mutual animosities for another day; because, if Mr. Modi retains the power, they can not survive to fight in another battle.

Mr. Modi’s “take no prisoners” policy has united all his opponents. And Ms. Banerjee is using the same strategy as Mr. Modi when he was Prime Minister of Gujarat for 12 years. “The Sultanate of Delhi”, used to call the forces that supposedly tried to trap and humiliate the “five crore of Gujaratis”.

Interestingly, Mr. Modi seems to be stuck to this narrative even while in power: he is a decisive and incorruptible leader against whom all corrupt dynasties come together. “This mahagatbandhan is divided by region and united by corruption,” Human Resources Development Minister Prakash Javadekar said on Tuesday.

If this will attract a sufficient number of voters it remains an open question. What matters is who calls it the strongest and who gets it to hit the opponent.