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    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?
  • #667997
    The opposition should behave more responsible when the government is having full strength. With the majority, the government get their bills passed. So the opposition should study the proposals very carefully and see whether action proposed will help the public or something fishy is there in it. Then only we can say the opposition party is good and performing better.
    But these days that concept is not there. The opposition should oppose all government moves. This is the concept. In fact, it is not difficult for the government to get their bills passed if they have a majority in both LokSabha and Rajya Sabha. Now I think NDA is having a majority in both the houses and as such it is very easy for them to go through the amendments whatever they want. We hope that the present government will not misuse this majority for their favour.

    always confident

  • #668026
    Opposition has also equal responsibilities in a democracy. But in Indian democracy the image opposition parties are different. They are meant for opposing the proposals of the Government. This has to be changed. The opposition should work as watch dog of the Government. Support the proposals of the Government whichever is in the interest of the people and Country and oppose any move which is against the people and the Country. The opposition parties should come forward with constructive suggestions with regard to improvement of the proposals and schemes in the larger interest of the people and the Country.
    "If you don’t understand my silence, you will not understand my words"

  • #668118
    The opposition numbers are not important. What is important is their intention. If the opposition is constructive and positive then there is absolutely no problem. They will be supporting the Govt in developmental things.
    Thoughts exchanged is knowledge gained.

  • #668141
    As per my understanding, the numbers play a big role. If any bill or proposal put forward is opposed by the opposing party, they can go for voting. As the ruling party has majority seat, i.e. 65% seat, they can anyway pass the bill by getting the votes in their favor.
    The second thing is that we have seen the opposition refusing or boycotting every bill or schemes that is put forward, just to show that they are with the people.
    The third, now only attitude of the ruling party will decide, whether they will have a second thought on the question raised by the opposition or will go forward with their own decision, by giving the opposition a dummy role.

    “Each day provides its own gifts.” —Marcus Aurelius

  • #668156
    It is very true that for a healthy democracy a powerful and vibrant opposition is required. The role of opposition is to correct the Govt whenever it goes in an erratic or wrong direction. Opposition for the sake of opposition has no meaning. It should be positive and should be aligned in the direction of nation building endeavours. So at present the number of members in opposition is small but what matters is quality and not the quantity. A big opposition only making hue and cry and creating hindrances in parliamentary proceedings is not required. Let us hope the present opposition will work in a prudent and graceful manner.
    Knowledge is power.

  • #668209
    I would like to request the author to provide the complete link of the thread because the link mentioned in the beginning is not found.

    In our country, the role of the opposition parties is to oppose every move of the government. Nowadays, it seems the opposition is there only to shout and let the citizens know that they are more concerned for them than the government. The numbers of the opposition members do matter when it comes to voting inside the house because when there is a huge difference in numbers between them there is no chance of any division in votes. A strong and responsible opposition is required for a healthy democracy but from the results of the election can we conclude that people found the opposition not responsible enough? It's hard to say.

    This topic was dealt with some details in the article The tactics of the opposition parties in India and we hope that the present government will behave in a responsible way keeping in mind the interests of everybody. The role of the opposition should not be to only oppose, they must criticize the moves of the government in a constructive way. They must raise their voice when needed. To raise the voice, you don't need the numbers but a voice that can be heard by all.


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