oppn parties Opposition Parties: Missing The Opportunity

News Snippets

  • JNU students march against the steep hike in fees, keep HRD minister Ramesh Pokhriyal stuck at the venue of the convocation
  • USFDA says Cytotron, an anti-cancer kit developed by Bengaluru based Rajah Vijay Kumar, is a "breakthrough device" for treating liver, pancreatic and breast cancers
  • Car sales show a minuscule uptrend after declining continuously for 11 months
  • Industrial output contracts by 4.3% in September, the worst decline in 8 years
  • Centre defends abrogation of Article 370 in the Supreme Court, says the power under it was used by the President six times previously
  • Legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar admitted to hospital with lung infection, put on ventilator
  • Shiv Sena MP Arvind Sawant quits as Union Minister
  • National Security Advisor Ajit Doval met the leaders of both Hindus and Muslims in Delhi on Sunday to ensure peace and harmony is maintained after the Ayodhya verdict
  • Tipu Jayanti passes off peacefully in Karnataka
  • 10 dead as Cyclone Bulbul leaves destruction in its wake in West Bengal
  • Shefali Verma breaks Sachin's 30-year old record by scoring an international fifty at 15 years and 285 days
  • Former Chief Election Commissioner T N Seshan dies at 87
  • India beat Bangladesh by 30 runs to win the 3rd T20 and clinch the series 2-1. Deepak Chahar becomes the first Indian to take a hat-trick in T20s and returns the best bowling figures of 6/7
  • Centre removes SPG cover of the Gandhis. However, they will still get Z-category security
  • CJI Ranjan Gogoi will have a meeting with UP chief secretary and DGP of the state in his chamber ahead of the verdict on the Ayodhya land dispute next week
India Commentary wishes all its readers a very Happy Guruparab
oppn parties
Opposition Parties: Missing The Opportunity

By Sunil Garodia

About the Author

Sunil Garodia Editor-in-Chief of indiacommentary.com. Current Affairs analyst and political commentator. Writes for a number of publications.
Photo credit: Manas Ranjan Bhui

Although a lot of fireworks were provided by TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee at the press conference called by a ‘united’ opposition in New Delhi to rant against demonetization and Narendra Modi, it is clear from the attendance that apart from Rahul and Mamata, no other big leader is willing to throw his hat in the ring as of now. Mamata once again repeated her charge that Modi is working like Gabbar from the iconic film Sholay to scare people. By now, one is surprised why the film’s producers are not asking didi for royalty for using the name of the famous character from their film. She even coined a few punch words of her own to call the Modi government “faceless” and “baseless”. Still, she continued bashing the most prominent face of a supposedly “faceless” government. Rahul, on the other hand, concentrated more on the failed earthquake, repeating his unsubstantiated charges against Modi based on the Sahara and Birla diaries.

With Modi having announced that further moves are in the pipeline against the corrupt, parties like SP, JD (U), CPM and NCP seem to have adopted a wait and watch policy. They also do not want to give unnecessary prominence to Rahul. Further, they are cut up as the Congress wants to run the show alone. Most parties alleged that they were not consulted and were not even told about the agenda of the meeting. That the SP chose to skip the event, despite thinking of tying up with the Congress for the UP elections, speaks a lot about how Rahul is going about getting the opposition together against Modi. His weak defence that opposition unity is a continuous process and some parties have local compulsions does not cut much ice as just a few weeks ago they were all together and raised hell in parliament. It was the unilateral move of the Congress to meet Modi alone that triggered the breakaway moves of these parties. Being the largest opposition party with pan-India infrastructure, the Congress needs to be more responsible in its dealings with smaller regional parties.

If the opposition has any intention of putting Modi in any sort of prolonged discomfort, it needs to get its act together. Wasting parliament’s time and not allowing it to function is counter-productive as it harms the nation. They have to think of other ways to corner the government. For, despite the continued hardships faced by the people and the combined efforts of the opposition, the people have not risen against demonetization. If Mamata, for instance, had continued to spit such venom on any other topic, one is sure that some people in Bengal would have caused havoc. If it did not happen in the case of demonetization, then obviously there is huge disconnect between the opposition parties and the people. Hence, the opposition parties needs to reflect whether they are raising people’s concerns about demonetization or just criticizing the government because it suits them. The Opposition parties are missing a huge opportunity by digressing from the core issues.