BJP’s plan for Opposition: Divide in Lok Sabha, rule in Rajya Sabha

LS Deputy Speaker, PAC chairman, Finance panel chairman on offer.

Written by Ravish Tiwari | New Delhi | Updated: June 6, 2014 9:21 am
BJP now plans to distribute these posts among different parties from the Opposition. (Source: PTI) BJP now plans to distribute these posts among different parties from the Opposition. (Source: PTI)

With the Congress tally in the Lok Sabha at an all-time low of 44, the ruling BJP hopes to further divide the Opposition ranks by offering plum posts in an effort to win their support in the Rajya Sabha where it lacks majority.

A day ahead of elections for the post of Lok Sabha Speaker, the party’s managers said they would try to placate non-NDA parties with positions that are conventionally held by the Opposition.

While the Speaker will decide whether there should be an official Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha, posts like Deputy Speaker of Lok Sabha, chairman of Public Accounts Committee (PAC), and chairman of the Standing Committee on Finance are also generally left for the Opposition.

Sources indicated that the BJP would distribute these posts among the prominent Opposition parties, including the Congress, AIADMK, TMC and BJD. “Obviously these positions will not go to a single party,” said a BJP  source, admitting that they would, however, be given to Opposition parties.

Party sources said this would help the BJP keep the non-Congress parties in good humour, enabling them to seek their occasional cooperation in the Rajya Sabha, where the BJP finds itself lacking in numbers as compared to the Congress-led UPA.

In fact, the Congress may have to strike a bargain with the BJP for the position of Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha, after the Speaker is elected on Friday.

In the last Lok Sabha, BJP leader Karia Munda was the Deputy Speaker of Lok Sabha, Murli Manohar Joshi was PAC chairman and Yashwant Sinha was the chairman of the Standing Committee on Finance. While the Deputy Speaker of Lok Sabha is a non-partisan post, both Joshi and Sinha used their positions to put the then UPA government in uncomfortable situations.

Joshi used the PAC to corner the government on the 2G spectrum allocation case, while Sinha’s panel almost grounded the ambitious Aadhaar project by red-flagging the legal status of the UIDAI. The BJP also used the Sinha panel’s recommendations on FDI in pension and insurance sectors to oppose the UPA government’s attempts to liberalise the insurance sector to woo FDI investment.

The fact that Joshi and Sinha were both from the BJP added to the UPA’s woes. So the BJP now plans to distribute these posts among different parties from the Opposition.

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  1. A
    Jun 7, 2014 at 12:04 am
    Priyanka hi should be made leader of opposition.
    1. G
      Gopakumar Krishnan
      Jun 7, 2014 at 9:23 pm
      If Congress wants to give at least a fight to BJP in next general election, they must give opposition leader position to Mr Rahul. Rahul himself show responsible MP and partite the serious discussions in Parliament and prove himself he may/can lead the country. Other wise congress going to be a history party in in Indian politics.
      1. K
        Jun 6, 2014 at 8:15 am
        Why should the allegation on BJP that it added woes to UPA ? is 2g scam is not a fact? exposing the cheating is the responsibility of the opposition. UPA tried to cover up or ignoring the opposition is the ber they made. Kapil sibal is the main actor in this drama.
        1. P
          Jun 6, 2014 at 1:43 am
          Yes, I don't think any single party qualifies for LOP status. Why should it go to Congress?
          1. R
            Ravi Ranjan
            Jun 6, 2014 at 2:55 am
            The BJP is in a position to plan its move which will sui its strategy.
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