Importance, role and functions of a minority Opposition in a democracy.As the first session of the 17th Lok Sabha commenced on 17 June 2019, Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked the Opposition to speak actively and participate in House proceedings. He even said that his government worked on the principle of 'sabka sath, sabka vikas' (with all, development for all) during his first term and people reposed their faith in it for a second time. Prime minister welcomed all new MPs as with them "comes new hopes, new aspirations and new determination to serve." "When we come to Parliament we should forget Paksha [Treasury] and Vipaksh [Opposition]. We should think about Nishpaksh spirit [objective neutrality] and work in the larger interest of the nation," he said.
Now, we know that The Opposition's main role is to question the government of the day and hold them responsible by challenging the policies of the government and producing different policies where appropriate.
Now the question that comes to my mind is that if the ruling party has come to power with a majority of 353 seats out of total 542 seats,
-can the opposition act or justify as a true opposition?
-Can their issues fall on the right ear?
-Will they be able to raise questions and hold any rules or policies which are not in favour of the people?
-Will their boycott, if carried out, be of any value?