After the bill of CAA got passed in parliament on 11th December 2019, since then all the opposition parties had united and were protesting against the bill, though the bill was very clear and was successfully passed in both the houses, but, the agony remained on the several issues which the government could achieve success in it like – Article 370, Ayodhya issue, improvement in defense services, CAA, etc., this feared all the opposition parties and the cumulative effect of the opposition busted out when the CAA was passed in the parliament.
The Congress, led by its president Sonia Gandhi, on Monday (13.01.2020) held a meeting against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the proposed NRC. The agenda of the meeting at the Parliament complex was meant to unite the opposition against the BJP, but it exposed the fault lines amongst the Opposition itself. The chief leaders such as Akhilesh Yadav, Mayawati, Arvind Kejriwal, DMK chief MK Stalin and West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee stayed away.
The problem is that the Opposition parties were together on national issues, but divided into their various states. That was the reason it became difficult to assemble all of them on a common front; they had focused their local interests first.
On this behavior, the Congress party was obviously unhappy. It accused the regional outfits of putting own interests ahead of ‘national’ interest. In return, the regional parties accused the Congress of trying to capture the movement and takeover the credit.
It is apparent that Opposition unity is troubled by the loss of mutual trust, but some motivations are deep-rooted, Like Mamata Banerjee. Read more about: Mamata Banerjee protest
The TMC supremo’s absence was most interesting among all the absentees because her motivations are not immediately apparent. Congress is not a player of importance in West Bengal, unlike New Delhi, and hence Mamata was not driven by any pressure, that faced even Kejriwal. Since the Delhi elections are a three-way fight between the ruling AAP, BJP, and Congress, any interaction with Congress on CAA/NRC may damage Kejriwal’s chances of getting re-elected.
The Samajwadi Party (SP) and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) are distrustful of Congress for different reasons. The SP still believes that its alliance with Congress during the 2017 Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections was a mistake that has caused it lasting harm. ‘Behenji’ Mayawati is still upset with Congress for trying to steal her MLAs in Rajasthan.
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