oppn parties The Government Is Wrong, But The Opposition Is Not Right Either

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  • Formed Indian cricket captain Kapil Dev suffers a heart attack, undergoes angioplasty and is now stable
  • With prices rising abnormally, the Centre has put a limit on the stock of onions under the Essential Commodities Act
  • India bans many imported goods in Army canteens
  • India tells Pakistan that any talks with it will not have J&K on the agenda
  • Prime Minister Modi says there will be no reconsideration of abrogation of Article 370 and the Farm Bills
  • Pakistan will remain on FATF grey list till February
  • The US says it is working to ensure that the standoff between India and China does not escalate further
  • Tejasvi Yadav says Lalu will be released on November 9 and Nitish will get his farewell on 10th
  • Mumbai Indians beat Chennai Super Kings by 10 wickets to move to the top of the table
  • Massive power outage brings Mumbai to a halt, local train services disrupted. Power restored in some areas by late evening
  • Andhra HC takes cognizance of objectionable posts against judges on social media, orders a CBI inquiry
  • Hathras victim's family asks Allahabad High court to shift the case out of UP
  • PM Modi says government spending will boost demand and hasten economic recovery
  • Centre to spend Rs 37000 crore to boost demand, will give loans and advances to Central staff and will spend Rs 25000 crore on infra projects while states will get Rs 12000 crore to spend on capital projects
  • No consensus in the GST Council meeting, states to borrow to meet shortfall, allowed to float bonds
Mehbooba Mufti says "dacoits" have taken away the flag of J&K and adds that she will not unfurl the Indian flag until the right to unfurl the J&K flag is restored
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The Government Is Wrong, But The Opposition Is Not Right Either

By Sunil Garodia
First publised on 2020-09-21 12:20:53

About the Author

Sunil Garodia Editor-in-Chief of indiacommentary.com. Current Affairs analyst and political commentator. Writes for a number of publications.

The NDA government must remember that although it has a brute majority in the Lok Sabha, it still does not have the support of more than 35 percent of Indians. The number of MPs it has in Lok Sabha is only due to the first-past-the post system of elections we follow. Hence, it is its duty to allow discussion and debate on proposed legislation in parliament to let the voice of the representatives of 65 percent of Indians be heard and recorded. It is its duty to let the opposition raise its reservations and seek answers from the government. It is also its duty to conduct transparent voting on such bills after allowing the opposition to utilize all avenues of dissent.

While it is true that no business will get conducted in parliament if each and every whim, fancy, objection or rejection of every opposition party is pandered to, it is also true that the government must not push through legislation as if there is no tomorrow. A law made by parliament, although subject to judicial review, is full and final and impacts the citizens in a definite way. Hence, it needs to be examined for soundness by the members. That is the job for which they are elected. Presenting them with a done deal is not the way to run a democracy. The government needs to be more accommodative and must allow objections to be raised and recorded.

Having said that, there is no way the behavior of the opposition MPs in Rajya Sabha during the discussion on the farm bills can be condoned. If a government is bent on bludgeoning the parliament, the opposition must come up with a response that can prevent it from doing so. But hooliganism is not the way to do it. It is bad for democracy and it does not get the work done. As the NDA is ruling for 6 years now and as the opposition knows how it gets work done by force in parliament, it should now change its strategy and try to counter the government in a different way. Leaving the goal post vacant or indulging in foul play at every opportunity will embolden the NDA further.