The BJP on Monday took a swipe at the Congress, saying that the former ruling party had become so weak that the government had to take extra effort to recognise its leader in the Lok Sabha.
In an apparent reference to the proposed amendment which will allow the Leader of Congress in Lok Sabha to take the place of the Leader of Opposition in the selection panel for the CBI Director, BJP general secretary Ram Madhav said the ruling party had become so strong that there was no real opposition.
“Government has to make attempts to recognise the Leader of Opposition… When the BJP was in opposition, it was the voice of the people but the opposition today is a failure,” he said, addressing party workers at a social media workshop on the party’s ongoing membership drive.
The Congress could not claim the post of the Leader of Opposition as its 44 MPs form less than 10 per cent of the total 543 members of the Lok Sabha.
Madhav further said that there is no opposition in nearly half of the 30 states and six union territories. The senior leader also asked partymen to scale new heights in enrolling members though the social media. He also recongnised the role of social media in BJP’s recent Lok Sabha victory.
While acknowleding that the BJP did not win many seats in states like Tamil Nadu, Orissa, West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh, Madhav added that the states saw a considerable swing in favour of the BJP.
Dinesh Sharma, head of the membership drive, reminded party workers about the need to expand the organisation. “If you ignore the organisation, your decline will begin. Work silently and let your success make noise,” he said.
(With PTI inputs)