Why there’s a dire need to have a good opposition?

India is in desperate need of a strong opposition. The recent no-confidence motion raised in the parliament is a living proof of the same as it was supposed to be the roadblock for the government but the whole opposition along with it’s very promising and vibrant leaders stumbled upon the same roadblock and fell on the face flat.

It is not the first time in independent India that the opposition has become so weak. The Congress has enjoyed its fair share of power. Their stronghold on politics was such a mammoth sized that it helped them to rule the country for over six decades. But Congress today is losing its relevance as it is evident from the past four years they have not managed to acquire a complete majority in any of the states except for Punjab.

For a healthy democracy, a healthy opposition is as important as a strong government. It helps keep the check on the regime in power and prevent it from taking autocratic decisions by questioning such steps, assessing their policies and programmers objectively and also by giving important inputs and to point out the hits and misses of every government. Also what they should do is to remind the government of their promises and sticking to the same.

One such opportunity was up in the hands of the current president of the largest opposition party Mr. Rahul Gandhi in his pre-no-confidence motion speech it was the proper stage to establish Congress as a great opposition force to the NDA regime. Instead as always the party president resorted to his juvenile antics by calling himself “Pappu”, “Akali Dal ki neta mujhe muskura kay dekh rahiin thiin” ,“Pradhanmantri apni aankh meri aankh mein nahi daal sakte” and who can miss out the infamous hug, after which he winked too that pulled the curtain over from his theatrics.

Instead of doing all of this it should have been better if he would have raised questions on asked on :

  1. Drafting a Uniform Civil Code.
  2. Abrogation of Article 370 on Kashmir.
  3. Clearing Population Law
  4. Inefficiency to implement “Right to Education”.
  5. Clean Ganga Initiative.
  6. Lokpal Bill.

These are the promises which are yet to be fulfilled and there are many more promises which need close scrutiny so that the opposition becomes a catalyst of change rather than a disrupting force that does not lets the parliament function and stall the proceedings of the parliament to let nation thrive. Also, they would never have the guts to point out the good done by the government as it could lead to their downfall. But by doing so, would bring positivity to the current political discourse. Mr. Gandhi should also have mentioned the rights done by the government for a change rather cheap publicity gaining theatrics. Such as:

  1. Financial sector reforms, be it the GST or the IBC (Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code) are both tremendous juggernauts that our nation has needed for a long time will be doing a lot of good to the economy.
  2. Rapid Rural Electrification
  3. Ujjwala Scheme where the government has already distributed 4.65 crore cylinders to poor families.
  4. Foreign Policy has been a major achievement of the government as our global stature is increasing day by day.

There are many more to point out but it is irrelevant at our end to glorify or criticize the work as this exercise if done properly in the parliament would definitely reap a lot of fruits and would ultimately lead to a better functioning and much more efficient parliamentary system in the nation.

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