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What is lacking in opposition parties in India?

April 15, 2013  by: Ravikumar Ambadi  Points: 12   Category: Others  Earning $0.40   Views: 668

Almost five years back, when India saw a hung parliament with no party could manage majority, several regional players have come for the help of Indian National Congress and thus NDA formed the government for the second time. Now the time is approaching fast for the next election. All political parties are busy with sharpening their weapons. Though the opposition parties have an edge over the ruling front, they are not in a position to utilize the same. Here we are examining the reasons for it.


During the first term of UPA, it ruled with the support of left parties. The left parties which are known for certain level of political ethics they follow never tried to use the opportunity for their well being. Hence the government did not have to face much corruption charges on those days. Unfortunately, lefts pulled their support in the atomic bill issue and since then NDA had to rely on several regional parties for keeping its majority intact. Here started the vows of NDA and Indian National Congress the single largest party in NDA.

Second term was mix of vices so far with many corruption issues, price hikes, anti people laws etc. Most astonishing fact is that the amount involved in each scam has gone beyond the expectation of the common man. It went into trillions which was quite unusual here. Of course there were several scams before too, but the amount involved in them was negligible when compared to that of 3G spectrum or Coalgate. Secondly, the prizes of essential commodities have gone up and the continuous hikes in petroleum products were another area of great concern. Every sector shown a decline in production under this regime and fluctuation has increased beyond expectation. All these facts points to a definite lose in the coming election for the ruling front.

However, on the other side the opposition is not yet prepared to fight the congress. The left parties and BJP, the main opposition party seems to be still away from the power. They are still not able to achieve a pan national influence among the voters. BJP which ruled the nation for over 5 years is not in a position to dream about another term in the centre.

Indian National Congress was the main party behind the freedom struggle of India, but that is no more a reason for the people to vote them to power. The congress has changed a lot since then. The party which stood for rural development has become a party of elites and the policies they take always favors the corporate. The decision to decontrol the right to increase the petroleum products was clearly point to this policy change. In such a situation why the opposition parties could not make their way to power?

First of all let us examine the ground realities in India. India which is the second most populated country in the world has about 80% of the people coming under lower middle class or lower class. They are really struggling to meet both the ends. None of the recent policies adopted by them was in their favor. Cutting the subsidy for cooking gases, hike in the prices of petroleum products, railway ticket fare hikes etc were totally against their interest. The most pity fact is that no opposition parties could mobilize a mass protest against these anti-people policies. Of course there were some protests here and there, but all went in vain. The major opposition party, BJP which has a wide presence has nothing different to present in front of the people. It seems that their lone agenda is Hidutwa which is no more an attraction for many people. Though those who are firm believers in Hinduism finds no use in constructing a temple in Ayodhya when it is difficult to manage their daily life.

Except for the Hindutwa, BJP has almost same agenda that helps the corporate. Even in Gujarat, where BJP is claiming to bring development, it follows the same policies of congress. They are inviting big corporate offering them soaps and incentives to set up industries. Thus they are bringing developments in the city, but what is the fate of villages?

At the same time, the leftists, who have a policy which is based on the common man's life could not tight their grip in national level. Their presence is almost nil except for three states. Even in those states, they are struggling to keep their strength. They too have gone far from their original pro-poor policies and coming close to the corporate crazy. Singur in West Bengal and corporate establishments such as Television Company, Amusement park etc in Kerala are pointing to this fact. This change in policies dried many hard core followers to the left parties.

Besides, their atheist ideology fails to cash in the superstitions filled villages. In India almost all villages have some connection or the other with any of the epical characters. They believe that some of their epical gods have visited their village once. Thus the characters in Hindu epics are still alive in the village and that is the reason for Hinduism to remain intact even after many attacks by invaders. In such a scenario there is no scope for a policy that denies their gods.

Thus, both BJP and leftists are not strong enough to utilize the anti-incumbency feelings of voters in India. Naturally, the Indians will have to suffer one more NDA rule.


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