With 16 MLAs and 16 viewpoints party unable to corner govt; Party asserts it won’t topple government in CM’s absence
PANJIM: On March 14, the oldest national party Congress, too, completes one year in the opposition (sixth consecutive year), and even today it continues to grope around looking for an effective, collective strategy to corner the BJP-led coalition government.
Irrespective of their internal mismanagement and differences of opinion, one has to appreciate the Chandrakant Kavalekar-led opposition party for upholding political ethics by not taking undue advantage of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar’s illness, to topple the government. The party is in fact praying for Parrikar’s speedy recovery and return.
“To corner the shaky government, Congress needs to revamp itself. Though, they got the people’s mandate, they failed to form the government. And the reason is not hidden from anyone. The greed for the Chief Minister’s chair changed the tables for Congress and they too admit that,” a political analyst on request of anonymity, said.
“Keeping aside your ego, personal hunger, Congress needs to establish itself as a strong opposition, collectively. In a party, where 16 MLAs have 16 viewpoints, it would be always difficult to target the government,” he added.
The Parrikar-led alliance government had smooth sailing in its first 365 days, though it faced some legal challenges like the liquor ban along highways and mining ban imposed by Supreme Court. But Congress failed to give them sleepless nights.
Though MLAs like Kavlekar, Aleixo Reginaldo Lourenco, Felipe Neri Rodrigues, Digambar Kamat, made some attempt in the House to corner the government, the differences of opinion within, made them stand alone in the 40-member State assembly.
Also, the incumbent party president former MP Shantaram Naik, despite being a senior leader, has been ineffective.
“I admit there was failure on our part. But now the situation has changed. We all are united and we have managed to corner the government on the floor and of the floor. All the wings of the party are active and have taken up issues of public interest. Be it coal, mining, PDA, Regional Plan, employment, development, etc, we have questioned the government on every front,” Kavalekar said, defending the party.
He added, “But Congress is not going to take undue advantage of the situation and topple the government. It will not be right on our part to do so. But if government collapses on its own, then Congress will definitely make move to form next government.”