The Congress and the NCP have decided to target the Shiv Sena and BJP government by raising a debate on law and order in the ongoing Monsoon Session. On Tuesday, the Opposition held a brainstorming session on how to utilise the remaining three days to put the chief minister Devendra Fadnavis government on the backfoot.
A senior NCP leader said, “Whether it is at the Centre or in the state, our strategy is to highlight the differences within the Shiv Sena and BJP government.”
At the Centre, the NCP tactic led to the Shiv Sena joining the UPA to protest against the controversial Land Acquisition Bill in the Monsoon Session of Parliament. Senior Shiv Sena MP Anandrao Adsul attended the Opposition meeting in Delhi to convey the Sena’s strategy to oppose the land Bill in Parliament. NCP president Sharad Pawar is planning to bring all the alliance partners of the UPA together to protest against the Land Bill.
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The Shiv Sena and the NCP have similar reservations about the Land Bill. The Sena and NCP are opposing the Narendra Modi government’s decision to drop the provision mandating 70 per cent consent from the farmers for land acquisition.
Taking a cue from the Centre, the NCP is also working out a formula that would force the Sena to join hands with the Opposition and isolate the BJP on the floor of the house in the state legislature and council.
Among several issues that came up for discussion in the Opposition meeting, a consensus on law and order struck a chord.
A leader said, “Tactically, when we speak against law and order, it will be a direct (political) attack on the chief minister, who holds the home portfolio.”
Also, it is believed that every elected representative (MLA) or MLC would be eager to participate in the debate on law and order.
The failure of the government to make any credible progress in the murder case of senior Communist leader Govind Pansare as well as cases of atrocities against women are being discussed within the Opposition.
A former cabinet minister and Congress leader said, “We have already dealt with at length the issues of drought and water scarcity. So, it would be meaningless to discuss agriculture and revenue. The urban development or housing would not find a direct connect when it comes to undermining the government.”