Is anti-Congressism a sufficient glue to keep them together?
Ajay Singh | February 27, 2010
It was the rarest of rare sights to see Lalu Prasad and Sharad Yadav proclaiming their unity against the Congress party. Sharad Yadav heads a party, Janata Dal (United), which is determined to wipe out Lalu Prasad's Rashtriya Janata Dal from the face of Bihar. Then what could have brought these leaders together? If the proclamation of unity by disparate opposition leaders is to be taken seriously, there are indications that anti-Congressism is being revived.
The bonhomie shown by Bharatiya Janata Party's Sushma Swaraj and Communist Party of India (Marxist)'s Brinda Karat inside Parliament is just an indication of this political impulse which had been lying dormant since 1998. While this may be tomtommed by the Opposition as the index of their unity against the Congress, the trend is equally a reflection of the Congress' success in regaining its primacy in national politics.
The Opposition has been in disarray for over six years. The primary reason for this is the state of denial in which the BJP leadership found itself. During LK Advani's tenure as the leader of Opposition, the party leadership could never reconcile to the fact that it had lost its position of political primacy. As a result, the BJP with its motley group of National Democratic Alliance constituents remained in splendid isolation on all issues related to public importance.
With the Congress gaining ground in 2009 Lok Sabha polls, the party leadership has not only recovered lost ground but also regained its old ways of arrogance and contempt for opponents. Pranab Mukherjee's budget proved to be a catalyst in rallying the Opposition together. Obviously, in the absence of Advani, whose role in the demolition of Babri Masjid was a major handicap for leaders like Mulayam Singh Yadav , Lalu Prasad and the Left parties, these leaders are finding Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley relatively easier to deal with. There is no denying the fact that the newfound opposition unity on the issue of price rise will be vulnerable right from the word go. Nevertheless, this is a good beginning to bring back the real isssue of aam aadmi to the country's main agenda.
The resounding and unprecedented mandate in favour of Narendra Modi in the 2019 general elections signals two very clear indicators: firstly, voters across India appreciate the Modi 1.0 governance, and secondly, voters across India look up to Modi to lead India into its 75th Anniversary.
The families of Narahari Nayak and Prafulla Nayak from Durgadaspur village in Pipili area of Puri district of Odisha are sleeping on the road in the open as their houses were blown off during cyclone Fani that hit the Odisha coast on May 3. Several other families of the village who had thatched houses met
Indian Railways spent Rs 52.18 lakh to organise the inaugural function of the country’s first engineless semi-high speed train Vande Bharat express. The train was flagged off by prime minister Narendra Modi from New Delhi on February 15. In an RTI reply to this reporter, the northern railwa
A BSc in Mathematics and an alumnus of the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Rasika Dugal has acted in Hindi and Malayalam films, web series and television serials besides hosting shows. She is the recipient of the Best Actor Award at Rajasthan International Film Festival for her role in the f
With highly appropriate lyrics at the start of every chapter, combined with deep insights from rigorous analysis of data – Citizen Raj is an absolute delight to read. In Citizen Raj, Surjit Bhalla, well known economist and commentator, looks at Indian elections from
Stepping up the momentum for construction of the Jagdishpur-Haldia and Bokaro-Dhamra natural gas pipeline (JHBDPL) and Barauni – Guwahati Pipeline (BGPL) pipeline, GAIL (India) has winded up finalising awards for Rs 10,500 crore contracts for pipe supply and laying of the integrated 3,400 km-lo