After the swearing-in of newly elected MPs, the first session of the 17th Lok Sabha will begin this week. The ruling NDA will come to the House with more force and vigour. Although the BJP, the main constituent of the NDA, has improved numerically and crossed the psychological barrier of 300 seats in the Lok Sabha, what will be interesting to note is the weakening of the Congress and the Opposition. Another highlight of this election is that BJP has emerged as the principal pole of Indian politics.
PM Modi has his task cut out: to improve the economy and employment situation
Last time, the country witnessed a strident Opposition which used to take on the NDA on all issues irrespective of whether the issues merited such an approach. But this time around, the principal opposition party is in a disarray. Congress leaders and workers alike are clueless about their captain’s moves. There is still confusion in the rank and file regarding who is heading the party. Rahul Gandhi is moving like an unguided missile and in states party’s MLAs are defecting to other parties.
After the drubbing of opposition parties – barring a few regional players — at the elections, the opposition will not be able to hold the House to ransom. Trinamool also has lost its stridency, given the decline it witnessed at its home front. The Left are left with only a handful. All their stalwarts have lost the elections.
This will give Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his team more leg room to legislate. The biggest challenge before PM Modi is to deliver on the expectations of the electorate who have given a resounding mandate to his party. Going by the working style of PM Modi, he will leave nothing to chances and will make his team members work hard to deliver. PM Modi is trying to inculcate a new work culture among his teammates. Addressing his ministerial colleagues, he called up on them to turn up at their respective offices by 9.30 am. This will have a positive impact on the working atmosphere in government offices.
PM Modi has shown that he is ready to work with Opposition parties, now it is the turn of opposition to show sincerity.
PM Modi has his task cut out: to improve the economy and employment situation in the country. He has given sufficient hints that his new focus area is generating employment. In addressing the issues facing the country, the government will need the support of all state chief ministers and political parties.
Elections are over and the political leaders must sit down and work for the people of the country. There is no room for partisan politics in this. The government must take the opposition parties also into confidence. PM Modi has shown that he is ready to work with Opposition parties, now it is the turn of opposition to show sincerity.