Friday, 8 June 2018
Opposition Parties joining to defeat BJP lack Alternate Policies
SR Darapuri I.P.S. (Retd) Organiser, Jan Manch
BJP’s chain of defeat which started with Gorakhpur and Phoolpur in Uttar Pradesh bye elections has extended to defeat in Kairana and Noorpur. It has broken the invincibility myth of Modi and Amit Shah. If the opposition parties succeed in joining hands to get rid of unprecedented danger to basic democratic values, institutions, society, culture and civilization created during four years Modi rule, it will definitely be good for the country and democracy. But will it bring ‘Good Days’ for the public?
These parties and the ensuing alliance does not have any solution for the problems of starving farmers and the agriculture crisis, what are policies for giving employment to jobless youth, betterment of exploited classes: Dalits, Backwards, Adivasis and the women ? The picture on this front is very hopeless.
During ten years of UPA rule under the leadership of Congress anti-people policies were forced on the country. Modi government which came into power by benefitting from the public anger against these policies is speedily pushing forward the same economic and industrial policies. The crisis in public life is deepening and the deceptive Modi image created by media is fast getting shattered on the ground. The divisive tactics adopted by Modi-RSS combine to send the basic questions concerning various classes of society to the background are failing to create popular public opinion.
It is obvious that the crisis is structural and neo-liberal new economic–industrial policies have aggravated it further. Congress has not given indication to withdraw from these anti-people policies and all of us have seen how much humanitarian was Manmohan Singh’s liberalisation with a ‘Humane Face’.
The other regional parties which have been part of UPA are also followers of the same policies. Ajit Singh himself has been in the Cabinet. It appears to be an Uttar Pradesh centred phenomenon only . SP and BSP have been supporting UPA-2 from outside. Their state governments did not remain behind in supporting the new economic-industrial policies. Now if they succeed in 2019, the situation will not even be like UPA-1 where New Economic Policies were slowed down under the influence of Left parties, some welfare schemes had to be launched and the public got some respite. It will be an extension of UPA-2. There will be no check on anti-people policies and not much relief can be expected for the public.
At the national level the situation is similar to UPA-1. CPM has refused to have any political alliance with Congress. The so called “BJP Harao Gathbandhan” (Defeat BJP Alliance) is dependent on Uttar Pradesh only where Samajvadi Party (SP) and Bahujan Smaj Party (BSP) have been supporting UPA government from outside. But now are moving forward towards an alliance for Lok Sabha election in spite of being staunch opponents in state politics. The alliance of these parties to defeat BJP is without any political-ideological commitment and it appears to be more an effort to save their own existence
From the defeat of BJP in bye elections it has become clear that formation of SP-BSP alliance in UP based on big social base is proving to be heavy for BJP’s election power base and BJP is not in a position to counter it immediately. But SP-BSP alliance’s biggest weakness is its silence on public issues and absence of announcement of any pro-people agenda.
The people will not usher in “Good Days” simply by removing Modi from power. With an aim to defeat BJP the Powers of Movements and People’s Democratic forces along with Congress, SP and BSP alliance should raise public issues and should put forward a strong demand for withdrawal of anti people neo-liberal economic and industrial policies.