self goal

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 21 Mar 2018 11:23:09


Nakshatra Bharni 18H 59M
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Muslim Rajab 3rd Hijree 1439

OPPOSITION parties are engaged in scoring self-goals in Parliament. They have formed a habit of disrupting the proceedings in both the Houses of Parliament on this or that ground. This is helping the Government in pushing its agenda without debate or discussion. Thus, the Opposition parties are failing themselves on the floor of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha. But the latest in this chain of events is the manner in which the Opposition parties created ruckus in the two Houses even as two or three parties tried to push a No-Confidence motion against the Modi Government. Though the numbers do not favour any such motion, some parties like YSR Congress and Telugu Desam Party are trying to bring in a No-Confidence motion to make their point for a special status to Andhra Pradesh. This motion too failed to make it to the table because of the protests by other parties against the Government on various issues. Obviously, the Opposition is more interested in disrupting the proceedings rather than push the Government to a corner. This is clearly a self-goal, thus.

No matter the initiative of Congress party, the Opposition parties do not seem interested in forming a joint front beyond biases to make things difficult for the Government. So engrossed are most Opposition parties in only disrupting the proceedings of the two Houses of Parliament that they are not bothered about how they are damaging their own cause. Had they been serious about opposing and embarrassing the Government, they would have planned a more systematic strategy. This failure is going to hurt the Opposition cause in the long run.

The case of Telugu Desam Party opting out first from the Government and subsequently from the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) is classic by any standard. It demonstrates the thoughtlessness of the TDP leadership. The adamant refusal of TDP chief and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Mr. N. Chandrababu Naidu to see reason in Union Finance Minister Mr. Arun Jaitley’s explanation about why the Centre would love to avoid the nomenclature ‘special status’ but offer all the assistance to Andhra Pradesh, was nothing but shocking. It appeared that the TDP chief was less interested in Andhra’s development and more interested in politics. His subsequent pulling out of the Government and the NDA proved this point beyond doubt. Observers concluded, therefore, that Mr. Naidu has scored only a self-goal, defeating his own cause.

This has been the story of most Opposition parties in the past four years of Mr. Narendra Modi’s tenure as Prime Minister. Leave alone a few reverses the Bharatiya Janata Party might have faced in these four years, the Prime Minister has scored spectacular victories in most places and has added to his and his party’s overall appeal and popularity. The BJP, too, made a few mistakes, but the sum total of the BJP’s victories is bigger than those of the Opposition, thanks to the cautious approach by the ruling combine. As against this, the Opposition parties appear interested more in defeating one another’s causes. Had this not been so, they would have allowed the YSR Congress and TDP to table their No-Confidence motion at least to embarrass the Government.

Of course, there is another angle, too, to consider. The TDP also knows the fate of any No-Confidence motion and therefore did not show any keenness to urge other parties to refrain from creating ruckus at least on the day of the motion. In the given standard and style of Opposition politics, this point may not appear far-fetched. Thus, there is every reason to believe that Opposition parties themselves are not interested in pushing their own cause of defeat the ruling NDA combine. And to that extent, the BJP and its friends need not get overly worried.