OPPOSITION HOLDS PARLIAMENT TO RANSOM
Modi government frustrates designs with Ordinances
By Amba Charan Vashishth
The opposition has failed to come to terms with the people's verdict which gave a convincing majority to Modi government defeating the forces of status quo and 'performance deficit' represented by Congress-led UPA and its cohorts. It has also failed to digest the enormous work done by the new government. Ghar wapsi programme in various parts of the country was blow out of proportion to make an issue out of no issue. It became handy to an issue starved opposition to cry hoarse in Rajya Sabha to stall the passage of important bills and retard nation's progress.
In the 2014 elections to Lok Sabha whether it was the Congress or the left parties or the social justice brigade of Mulayam Singh Yadav's Samajwadi Party, Janta Dal-United, Janta Dal-Secular or Lalu Yadav's Rashtriya Janata Dal or the self-proclaimed 'secularists' — they all were all out to defeat the BJP-led NDA and its icon Narendra Modi who contested the election on the plank of development and good governance with the slogan "sabkka saath, sabkaa vikaas". People gave Modi a big hand. He addressed historic rallies all over the country, the size of congregation never witnessed before. The people of India defeated convincingly and decisively the ruling Congress-led UPA and others. The vanquished were dumbfounded.
During the last seven months Prime Minister Modi has made a mark for himself — and for the country — with his unique style of functioning in the country that the world came to recognize that he is the man who has the skill to translate his words into action. He impressed the people of the countries he visited in a manner no other Indian leader so far in the past could. He has established a rapport with world leaders like US President, Russian President, Chinese President, Japanese Prime Minister, neighbours Nepal, Bhutan and who not whom he met. Not to be lagged behind the world leaders made a beeline to visit India and meet Modi.
He has the knack of silencing his critics and convincing his opponents who had accused him of weaving dreams which could not be realised. He became the first Prime Minister to speak ex tempore while replying to the debate on Motion of Thanks to the President's Address in both houses of Parliament. Without naming any individual MP or Party, he gave a befitting reply to every point of importance raised in the debate.
He also became the first Prime Minister to make an ex tempore address to the nation on the Doordarshan and also while addressing the nation on the Independence Day from the ramparts of the Red Fort.
During the last seven months he has launched many innovative projects and initiatives. He means what he says and says what he means. In implementation of his declarations and that too in no time, he has no parallel. The Jandhan Yojna was launched within a fortnight of the announcement on august 15. The Banks have achieved the target of opening 10 crore accounts one month before the 26 January deadline set earlier.
The “Make in India” programme is creating waves within the country and generating ripples even abroad.Swachh Bharat programme has caught the imagination of the nation and has created a new awareness among the masses. Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojna too has made the public representatives to involve themselves with the hopes and aspirations of their constituents by developing one such village every year in one's constituency.
The economy is back on the rails sooner than expected. The industrial production has picked up. The GDP is projected to achieve a higher growth this financial year. The global interest in the country is increasing fast and pace of FDI investment gaining momentum. Economic reforms and liberalization of economy has received a boost.
On fighting terror and internal security, Modi government has sent out a tough message to the anti-national elements. Home Minister Rajnath Singh is tackling the situation head-on. Tough stand on border skirmishes by both China and Pakistan has started paying dividends. Pakistan has started harking to the concerns of India on cross-border terrorism with tangible results.
An opposition severely battered by the people has lost its direction. It is groping in the dark what to do. It has lost the stamina to digest such great achievements so fast. The caravan of development led by Modi government is unstoppable. Modi government had nothing to do, directly or indirectly, with the isolated reports of ghar wapsi by certain families and groups in different parts of the country But it came handy to the opposition already starved of issues to take on the Modi government. It made a mountain of a mole hill.
During this very period there were reports of conversion of Hindus into Christianity in Odisha and Kerala. But that did not pierce the conscience of the self-styled secularists for whom conversion is a pious ‘secular’ act and unflinching right but ghar wapsi (re-conversion) a rank ‘communalism’ and a ’crime’ unpardonable. If people have the right to convert, who can deny them the right to rethink and re-convert?
The Insurance Bill, the Land Acquisition Bill and Coal Sector reform Bills stood already passed by the Lok Sabha. The Rajya Sabha too was expected to give its approval because not doing so would have put the opposition in the dock for stalling the process of reforms which were out to benefit the nation. Since Lok Sabha had already put its seal of approval to these Bills, ghar wapsi did not raise the tempers of those very ‘secularists’ in this house. These very parties which did not allow the Rajya Sabha to function remained unconcerned on the ghar wapsi issue in Lok Sabha.
The Modi government on its part expressed its willingness to discuss the issue and volunteered to come out with a law to ban conversions. But those very people beating their chests red in Rajya Sabha were not willing to put an end to that very crime they were opposing. That exposes the hypocrisy and honesty of their sense of purpose.
The NDA government, in these circumstances, could not afford to allow the parliament to be held to ransom. It could not to afford to inherit status quo stigma of the UPA government suffering from “governance deficit”. The only course left with the government was to resort to issue Ordinances which a representative government needs to explore only rarely. But Modi government had no other alternative. It decided to move on and clear the hurdles created by the opposition. The opposition had vowed to function as a constructive organ of democracy. But it, in effect, proved to be a hurdle in the nation’s march forward. The opposition is surely the watchdog of public interest — a watchdog that is useful as long as it is vigilant but not when it immobilizes its own master and pushes him to a hospital bed. ***