The Monsoon Session begins on Tuesday, and the dark clouds have already begun to gather. Expected to be a slugfest, a no-holds barred confrontation, every political party is expected to unite against common enemy, BJP and Narendra Modi.
While the ruling NDA will look to give the Land Bill a final push, the Congress will train all its guns at the Narendra Modi-led Government on a number of issues, making the opening day a stormy affair.
In fact, Rahul Gandhi has already sounded warning through his opening salvo. The 45-year-old Congress leader said, “We will not allow the Government to function if it doesn’t amend the land bill. We will ensure not even an inch of your land is taken.” Such dramatics have been integral to Rahul Gandhi’s public speeches. The Congress vice-president fails to realise, in his political immaturity, that they do not have the numbers to kill the Bill. Public posturing comes naturally to India’s oldest party and Rahul is only keeping true to the Gandhi philosophy.
The political deadlock over the Land acquisition Bill is hampering rural growth. The prospect of job creation cannot be kept on hold indefinitely.
The parliament has had to be adjourned because of chaos and indiscipline a million times till date, yet, the lessons have been ignored. Our hard-earned money continues to be wasted. Politicians are keen to settle personal scores more than debate what is good for the country. If a leading political figure like Rahul Gandhi threatens to disrupt parliamentary proceedings even before it started, what hope does India Have?
Critical legislations like the land bill, the GST bill, and the real estate bill, are pending before the Parliament. There is a need for all parties to ensure they don’t behave predictably, for once! At an all-party meeting, Modi urged everyone to move ahead together. Whether the appeal makes any difference, or bounces off, we will know soon.
Sushma Swaraj, Vasundhara Raje Scindia and Shivraj Singh Chouhan are BJP’s pain points right now. Although the party is fully behind the trio, it won’t be an easy defense. The Congress spokespersons have been warming up for quite some time now, sharpening their claws and teeth, ready to rake up ‘Lalitgate’ and the Vyapam Scam. Congress’ demand for resignations has been denied, of course.
Congress is alone on GST. Except them, the GST Bill enjoys the support of all parties. Arch-rivals Samajwadi Party and Mayawati’s BSP, Shiv Sena and NCP, Left and Trinamool, they have all said the Bill is good. The congress will still, according to an animated Sachin pilot, oppose and do all it can to stand its ground. Any right thinking party will chuckle at such false sense of pride.
For them, the Monsoon Session couldn’t have come sooner. Desperate to attack a party that handed Congress its most embarrassing defeat, the session means ‘settling personal scores’, not contributing constructively. When will our politicians keep India’s interest paramount? The Monsoon Session is a short session, likely to end on august 13. It is important to utilize this small window to address controversial issues and iron out policies.
Amit Shah has already been into a huddle with his top leaders like Sushma Swaraj, Arun Jaitley, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Nirmala Seetharaman and Piyush Goyal, men capable of defending party lines!
There is also this small issue of how Rahul Gandhi will address the Prime Minister. He has been known to be derogatory and has used words unbecoming of a supposedly responsible politician, more so because he is a Gandhi. As a viewer, it leaves a bad taste in the mouth.
Coming back to opportunities, Congress is battle-ready with enough ammunition to last the whole session, shouting and screaming. Congress is also digging up past issues to overwhelm the Government. They will target Chhattisgarh chief minister, Raman Singh, and Maharashtra minister, Pankaja Munde, over alleged scams. The opposition will also go after human resource minister, Smriti Irani, who is facing charges related to her educational qualifications.
“We will effectively counter the disinformation campaign run by Congress”, says a senior BJP leader.
But the BJP is not complacent, not under Amit Shah’s watch. A series of strategy meetings have taken place over the past two days, both at the PM’s residence, and at BJP president Amit Shah’s residence. Modi is also meeting the members of the NDA alliance to ensure they are on the same page.
Interesting times ahead, but will common sense prevail? Will the opposition rise above party lines and do what is right for the country? I’m hopeful.