Lack of ideology exposes opposition camp’s bankruptcy: Prakash Ambedkar
The lack of ideology and ideas has revealed the bankruptcy of opposition parties both in the center and in the state and as a result the BJP remains unchallenged on almost all fronts, Vanchit Chairman said on Friday. Bahujan Aghadi Prakash Ambedkar.
A day after the presidential poll results saw Draupadi Murmu land a landslide victory with 64% of the vote, Ambedkar expressed his disappointment and questioned the working style of the opposition parties.
Speaking to The Indian Express, Ambedkar said, “From what I perceive there is no political will among the parties to fight. Each individual or party defends its own interests. With such a state of mind, how can they assert themselves in the role of the Opposition?
BR Ambedkar’s great-grandson has launched a scathing attack on the opposition for their myopia in the presidential elections. “The problem is that there is no ideology or ideas. So how will the country get a strong opposition? Yet they want to occupy the opposition space and oppose the BJP. Can they fight a party based on cadres with a long-term program?
“I don’t understand the logic behind Yashwant Sinha’s candidacy for the presidential elections. When it became clear that a tribal candidate Draupadi Murmu was in the fray, the opposition should have made a collective decision to support Murmu and withdraw their candidate Sinha. After all, it would have helped improve his own political image and win the goodwill of the country’s tribal community,” Ambedkar said.
He added: “My ardent appeals to the leaders of the opposition have gone unheeded. They went ahead to challenge. They lost the ballot boxes and also an opportunity to consolidate their base among the tribals.
The presidential election has made the BJP stronger, Ambedkar said. “While the opposition came out as a divided front. One example is the Trinamool Congress Party’s decision to abstain from VP polls. Neither vote for or against NDA’s Jagdeep Dhankar nor show solidarity with opposition candidate Margaret Alva,” he said.
In a scathing attack, the head of the VBA said: “The problem lies with Congress. They have lost the will to fight. But they want to remain the main opposition party. How to explain the silence of Congress when its leader Sonia Gandhi was summoned by the Directorate of Enforcement in the National Herald affair?
“There is not a single credible voice that can explain the National Herald affair. As a result, everything the BJP does or says has popular appeal. A handful of party workers taking to the streets and shouting slogans for a few hours is not going to help. In any turmoil, the battle is long,” he explained.
According to Ambedkar, “there is a distinct disconnect between the top leadership of Congress and its executives. This was seen when PC Chidambaram was summoned and arrested by central agencies. Congress did not protest. Again, now, even as the ED summoned Gandhi, the party half-heartedly protested. If the rank-and-file workers do not rise up to defend his high command, it shows their disillusionment with the leadership and the organization. This is detrimental to a national party like Congress. And Congress will have to blame itself for the failure.
Guided by Sharad Pawar, Ambedkar said, “Instead of taking the lead, he continued to be guided by the Nationalist Congress Party. It was related to the boomerang.