Tuesday, December 12, 2023

Opposition Unity, political compulsion or need of the hour

Jamshedpur : Call it political compulsions or need of the hour the JMM and JVM (P) have hopped onto a common platform.

The two parties trudged different paths ahead of the assembly election. The attempt of the Congress to open a joint front against the BJP failed miserably as JMM denied vociferously in taking the JVM (P) along.

The result was that the Congress, JMM and JVM (P) fought the election separately and faced the poll debacle. The RJD failed to open an account while Congress bagged only five seats.

In the changed political scenario the JVM (P) took up the cudgel for forging opposition unity and during the process the JVM (P) leader Pradip Yadav called on JMM leader and former chief minister Hemant Soren at Dumka.

Thereafter the JVM (P) and JMM organized a meeting with the Congress in Ranchi and the blueprint for an opposition front was drawn up.

Now the three opposition parties have come onto a common platform to take on the present government on the issues of land acquisition ordinance, domicile policy and cabinet expansion.

It is still unclear how long the opposition unity would remain intact, but unless the three major opposition parties do not take other like-minded parties into confidence the call of opposition unity would remain a distant dream.

Despite the fact the JMM, JVM (P) and the Congress are trying hard to put up a semblance of constructive opposition, the reality speaks otherwise. The major opposition parties are still functioning as a disunited lot.

While JMM, JVM (P) and the Congress have opened a joint opposition front against the ruling coalition it kept RJD and other smaller parties out of its purview.

In the meantime the RJD too has started initiatives to open another opposition front with Jharkhand Party and Jharkhand Janadhikar Manch.

The front is in the process to unite other Jharkhand designated parties. RJD national vice president Annapurna Devi and former legislator Bandhu Tirkey have started working on it.

The matter may come up for discussion in State RJD meeting scheduled on Sunday. It is because of the fact that the major opposition parties have failed to put pressure on the government.

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