No credible Opposition to take on BJP in 2019, says Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia

Manish Sisodia also spoke about the apprehension among traders regarding the GST (Goods and Services Tax), which was enforced two and a half months ago. “They are worried, more so about the impact of the GST on the Indian economy, because that’s what they depend on.

Written by Mallica Joshi , Rahul Sabharwal | New Delhi | Updated: September 17, 2017 7:37 am
manish sisodia, lok sabha polls, 2019 elections, bjp 2019, opposition for 2019 elections, manish sisodia on 2019 lok sabha elections, indian express news, india news Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia at his Delhi Secretariat office. (Source: Express Photo by Praveen Khanna)

It will be tough to find a viable alternative to the BJP at the time of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls because “there is no credible opposition in the country”, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia told The Sunday Express. “The problem is that the BJP is playing politics of gimmicks and jumla… I don’t think, as of now, the nation’s important issues are being discussed. I’m worried about the overall situation in the country,” he said in an interview.

“There is no credible opposition in the country. The idea of a united opposition is a mathematical one and not a political one. But mathematics doesn’t work in politics. Five ideas working together cannot become the opposition. Five people, who have ambitions to become prime minister or chief minister, cannot be a united opposition. The idea of corruption-free India can be a united opposition, the idea of developing India through education can be one, but who is working towards that?” he said. Sisodia added that the BJP has derailed conversations and discussions about issues that matter.

“The Opposition should have been talking about education and health, but the BJP has very smartly driven the discourse to the cow, for example. The downside of this is that the Opposition is also talking about the same issues, even if they are opposing it. But a narrative has been set. They have forced people to move away from discussions on education, health and corruption,” he said.

Sisodia also spoke about the apprehension among traders regarding the GST (Goods and Services Tax), which was enforced two and a half months ago. “They are worried, more so about the impact of the GST on the Indian economy, because that’s what they depend on.

They feel that somewhere their business opportunities are being killed off because of the new tax regime… The GST is set at a maximum of 28 per cent and this high rate is causing tax evasion at some levels, I have heard. We are giving traders time to adjust to the new system.”

Expressing apprehensions over the GST figures released by the Centre, Sisodia said, “The data that just came in seems to be misrepresented by the government. They said that Rs 92,000 crore has been collected, but have not mentioned that around Rs 60,000 crore of this is input credit which has to flow back. You have got only about Rs 30,000 crore as revenue but you aren’t disclosing this. You have moved from VAT and central excise to the GST, but you are not saying how this data translates into revenue collection. There is a need to demystify that because tomorrow you have to invest the money as well and people will ask you where the Rs 92,000 crore went.”

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    Against Sick
    Sep 18, 2017 at 7:18 am
    What is his parties record on fight against corruption? On efficient governace? A big zero. These so called anti-corruption guys are the most corrupt people who had samosas worth 2 crore. Its only because the media in India is totally biased in their favour that theae guys are never made accountable. Beinb in govt Sisodiya should talk about what his party has done on governance corruption front
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      Pruthwiraj Sai
      Sep 18, 2017 at 12:49 am
      Being from non Hindi belt, I was not aware of the meaning of ' jumla ' , but clearly understood it after reading it as it was explained by Sri Sidhodia who is an expert in Jumla politics.
      1. Sayed Maqsood Ahmed
        Sep 17, 2017 at 6:09 pm
        then why not AAP lead the opposition parties and exert efforts to form a g mahaghatbhandan to take on bjp in 2019 Sisodia, if there is a will there is a way, still, if all opposition parties including AAP join hands then it will be a tough fight for Modi and his team to come to power. Arvind and you leaving aside all the bitter feelings about Congress old cases of allegations of corruption, why not give a try, let Arvind and rahulbaba meet at least one-time face to face to form such an alliance like BJP they are embracing whoever is coming to join them withour looking to their past history of corruptions etc.
        1. Narasimha Prakash
          Sep 18, 2017 at 8:12 pm
          The idea is to just defeat Modi as all the political parties are suffering from Modi phobia. The idea is not for the development of the country or to lift the living conditions of the people. Great idea. You want mahagatbandhan of all kichdi parties to take on Modi. Good luck to you as well.
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          Sep 17, 2017 at 6:02 pm
          In reallity if AAP had any brain they would and could finish congressi rather than have a go at BJP at least they would be than second biggest party and bury congress but than they like corruption master plan of congressi. and unmarried Rahul as potential son in law with no heir in die-nasty (than Papu has hidden family in Bangkok and 2 kids or he is dyfunked)
          1. S
            Sep 17, 2017 at 2:01 pm
            Yes Mr sisodia did people forget about your poll promises where you mentioned to probe the Sheila dixit and other scams? But your own people are listed in the some or other. please first please concentra on your work before talking so smartly
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