Opposition parties led by the Congress met in Delhi on Monday regarding the new Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and National Citizenship Registration (NRC).
20 political parties took part in this meeting but some major parties opposing CAA and NRC did not attend it.
Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Aam Aadmi Party, Trinamool Congress (TMC), Shiv Sena and DMK distanced themselves from this meeting.
Bahujan Samaj Party President Mayawati said that her party will not participate in the meeting to be held under the leadership of the Congress regarding citizenship amendment law and NRC.
Mayawati tweeted, "Even after the BSP's support to the Congress government of Rajasthan from outside, they broke our MLAs for the second time and joined their party. This is a betrayal. In such a situation, the opposition led by the Congress on Monday BSP's participation in the convened meeting will demoralize the party people in Rajasthan. "
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At the same time, there are reports that the Aam Aadmi Party and the Congress ally Shiv Sena in Maharashtra said that they did not get an invitation for this. Mamta Banerjee has already separated herself from this meeting.
BSP chief Mayawati has already protested about CAA and NRC. TMC chief Mamata Banerjee has also taken to the streets against the CAA and NRC in West Bengal. At the same time, Shiv Sena and Aam Aadmi Party also have not been seen in support of CAA.
Despite this, their distance from this meeting showing opposition unity reminds us of the time of Lok Sabha elections when the almost united opposition was divided by the coming elections.
SP, BSP and Congress could not have a coalition in Uttar Pradesh. Congress and AAP could not get an alliance in Delhi. In West Bengal, the Trinamool Congress also contested on its own. Also, all the parties had refused to accept the leadership of any one party.
At this time also, on the issue of NRC and CAA at one time, the opposition showing together against the government seems to be scattered again. In such a situation, the question arises that why does the opposition break up when they are united? Why do the opposition unity start to crack?
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Somewhere mutual conflict, fear somewhere
Political analyst Neerja Chaudhary says that the way neither of the opposition parties should be united, they could not gather either within the Parliament or outside.
Neerja Chaudhary says, "Actually, everyone has their own interests hidden in it. Like Mamata Banerjee said that she is opposing it in her own way in West Bengal and will do so further. Then she will have to fight both Congress and the Left in the coming elections." A. At the same time, the Aam Aadmi Party also has to face the Congress in the elections. The Shiv Sena has a Hindutva ideology, in which case it also does not want to come out in the open. "
At the same time, senior journalist Urmilesh says that this issue is more about the unity of the people about NRC and CAA than unity of the opposition. If seen now, the scope of people's unity in India has increased.
Says Urmilesh, "A lot of parties are opposing this. Some parties have also said that they will not implement NRC in their state. So, not having all the parties come to a meeting doesn't really matter. Yes, Some parties also have mutual conflicts of interest or leaders, which is why they boycott meetings. "
"One more thing is that the ruling party also manages other parties. The leaders working in the opposition have their own interests and compulsions. There are pending cases of corruption on some leaders. So this also puts the leaders under pressure."
Congress leader Tariq Anwar explains the reason for some parties not attending the meeting, that there has been some deficiency in mutual communication.
He says, "Political differences are in place in the state but at the national level, all are together. However, some parties have separated themselves. I think there is a lack of mutual dialogue which will be with you later. Will come. As far as the Shiv Sena is concerned, it has been the oldest ally of the BJP and it is an ideological matter. His ideology was more than that of the BJP. It is with us now. "It will take some time to adjust with the UPA."
Among the parties that refused to attend the Congress-led meeting, the BSP is the only party that has expressed its reasons clearly, expressing displeasure with the Congress.
In Rajasthan, the BSP supported the Ashok Gehlot government but, last year, six BSP MLAs left the party and joined Congress. Mayawati has accused the Congress of breaking the MLA and committing treachery.
If this had not happened in Rajasthan, could the BSP have got support in this Congress meeting. In response to this question, Neerja Chaudhary says, "These small games are played by the opposition parties. The big battles are affected. If this battle is to be fought then these games have to be avoided. But, the opposition is missing it . "
Students Why not accept the leadThe
There have been frequent statements from opposition parties against the CAA and NRC, but they always call it students' protest. Except the left parties, other opposition parties or their student organizations also do not openly enter it.
Neerja Chaudhary considers the politics of Hindu polarization a big reason behind this.
She says, "The BJP government has said that this law is for non-Muslim oppressed minorities, they could have also called it oppressed minority. There is an attempt to polarize it somewhere. There is also fear among political parties that there is open front They should not lose the Hindu votes when they come. Leaders like Priyanka Gandhi go to meet them but do not hold any protest from their level. The student organizations associated with them also do not take initiative Do. "
Neerja Chaudhary says that "Not all parties have the ability to protest on the streets like this. Congress is weak at the level of organization. Regional parties are still strong in this matter."
At the same time, senior journalist Urmilesh believes that it is a good thing that these protests are not happening under the leadership of political parties.
He says, "I think the activist has more skill than politicians. The young man who has landed in this movement is very sensible. Maybe a leader emerges from it. The same happened in the JP movement. This happened There is a national movement because this law is made for the whole country. "
On the question of giving lead to the protests against CAA and NRC, Tariq Anwar says that the entire protest is of students and youth. "We are encouraging them from outside. Because this matter is in the hands of the students and it will definitely take a shape later."
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