Editorial

CAA divides opposition

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 1/15/2020 12:27:52 PM IST

 If the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) was described by Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi as “divisive”; it sprang back, when the all-party meeting of opposition parties she convened on January 13 in New Delhi exposed the inherent “divisive” tendency within the opposition ranks itself. The January 13 meeting of opposition parties was to deliberate on the current political situation arising out of the controversial CAA and NRC following widespread protests and the violence on campuses. The major opposition parties which skipped the meeting included - BSP, AAP TMC and Congress ally in Tamil Nadu, DMK though representatives of 20 other parties attended. What the boycott by six opposition parties appear to indicate, is that ‘unity’ vis-a-vis BJP is unlikely. Leaders like Mamata don’t want to be seen as being under any other party, least of all the Congress. Mamata is sour with the violence unleashed by the Left and the Congress during the 24-hour general strike on January 8. The DMK is reportedly upset with the state Congress leaders for criticizing it in the media. The Aam Aadmi Party, too, has decided not to attend the meeting, presumably in face of Delhi elections next month where it is pitted against the BJP and the Congress. BSP chief Mayawati has boycotted the meet because the Congress in Rajasthan had poached all the six BSP legislators. The reasons, whether justifiable or not, has also shown how fragile the opposition unity. The disunity within a disparate group that wants to take on a tried, tested and proven prowess of the BJP juggernaut is at best, plain as day dreaming. Mayawati will never agree to be seen sharing the same platform with the Congress and the same for Mamata Banerjee (TMC), Arvind Kejriwal (AAP) and K. Chandrasekhar Rao (TRS). The fate of any Congress-led opposition or even a Congress-sponsored opposition unity will likely never see the light of day. A major part of the problem is that the Congress leadership is at best ad-hoc which has swung like a pendulum between the mother and son. With Sonia back as a stop-gap president the party has only exposed the desperation, rudderlessness and confusion within the party. That’s why even previous allies like RJD and NCP are making it clear that their support should not be taken for granted. Sonia, who is beholden to the old coterie of unelectable ‘advisers’ is on ad-hoc tenure. She is up against Rahul’s young Turks who see themselves as the gen-next of the party and is in no mood to widen the chasm within. The opposition at the January 13 meeting, have sensed the emerging youth power in the form of massive nationwide anti-CAA protests. They want to harness the youth power by wining them over. That is why the Congress and opposition leaders are scrambling to be seen with protestors in opposing the CAA and proposed nationwide NRC. It will be naive on the part of the opposition to think that the youth will be willing to become their political foot soldiers. The youth are allergic to dynastic politics, personality cults, corrupt leaders, which almost all political parties have in plenty. What is more, the youth want a credible, clean and inspiring leader who has a pan-India image and that is a tall order for now.

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