Opposition stands divided in a united nation

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 01 Jul 2017 09:35:46


June 30,


THE Opposition on Friday night stood as a divided house as the JD(U), the NCP, the BJD, the Samajwadi Party and Janata Dal(S) participated in the midnight launch of the GST, which was boycotted by the Congress, the Trinamool Congress, the Left and some other parties. Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh also gave the GST launch ceremony a miss.

Ruptures in the Opposition unity emerged barely a week after 17 parties joined hands to put up a joint candidate against the ruling NDA nominee for the July 17 presidential election.The Congress, the Trinamool Congress, the Left, the BSP, the DMK, the RJD and some other parties boycotted the event, dubbing it as a ‘tamasha’ (drama). The NCP, a key constituent of the Congress-led UPA, broke away from the Opposition ranks, with its chief Sharad Pawar along with Praful Patel and Tariq Anwar attending the event in the Central Hall of Parliament.

JD(S) supremo and former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda also attended the programme, sharing the dais with President Pranab Mukherjee, Vice President Hamid Ansari, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. Gowda was requested by a senior party leader not to attend the programme but he did not heed to it.

The SP, which had initially announced the boycott, did a somersault by attending the event, saying it found no problem when the party had supported the GST bill in Parliament. Leaders of the JD(U), the BJD and the AIADMK also attended the function.The Congress, however, downplayed the cracks within the opposition ranks, terming it as a ‘one-off’ development.