The two-day Mumbai meeting of the India Opposition alliance has concluded, with Rahul Gandhi addressing a press conference afterward. He stated that the parties allied with him represent 60% of the country’s population. He also claimed that if all opposition parties unite firmly, it could lead to the defeat of the ruling BJP. However, is this as easy as it seems? The BJP has been consistently countering the India Opposition alliance since its inception, making it clear that they won’t let it weaken their hold, just like they did not let it disrupt their victories in 2014 and 2019.
Special Session of Parliament: A Game Changer?
A senior BJP leader stated that there is no doubt that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has accomplished historic feats during his tenure. His achievements and dedication have kept his popularity intact. The party is confident that under his leadership, they will secure a third consecutive victory in the upcoming elections. However, there is currently no significant issue that can generate the same level of enthusiasm as in 2014 and 2019.
Reservation for Women: A Game-Changer in the Making
The central government has called for a special session of parliament to bring in the Uniform Civil Code, a move aimed at instilling a sense of nationalism among the public. It is likely that this bill will be introduced during the session and can potentially boost the BJP’s chances in the 2024 elections by appealing to nationalist sentiments. Political commentator Dhirendra Kumar believes that the BJP is always looking to leave its mark in history and the demand for women’s reservation could be the next big thing they achieve. Opposition parties are unlikely to oppose this law for fear of alienating female voters.
One Nation, One Election: A Disruptive Move for the Opposition
Dhirendra Kumar also mentioned that the BJP had promised to implement “One Nation, One Election” in its 2019 Lok Sabha election manifesto. Therefore, if this proposal is introduced during the special session of parliament, it should come as no surprise. However, it could lead to clashes between opposition parties in both Lok Sabha and state assembly elections, potentially confusing voters and ultimately benefiting the BJP.
Considering these factors, the upcoming special session of parliament could potentially weaken the strength of the India Opposition alliance and pave the way for the BJP’s victory in the upcoming elections.