‘Modi Hatao’ VS ‘Amrit Kaal’ – Why the Opposition Needs to Do More Than Criticize to Win in 2024 IG News

The opposition parties which have gathered under the umbrella of ‘India’ (Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance) are going to hold their third meeting next week. If they don’t tread carefully, they will again walk the same path they walked in 1971. At that time too there was an opposition alliance and it tried to topple the Prime Minister with the slogan ‘Indira Hatao’, but Indira Gandhi countered it by giving a more catchy slogan of ‘Garibi Hatao’. Why she was victorious is easy to understand.

Today, the opposition parties are raising the slogan of ‘Modi Hatao’, while Prime Minister Narendra Modi is talking about ‘Amrit Kaal’, which is as promising as the then ‘Garibi Hatao’. Of course, the competition is still far away but with a confusing name, ‘India’ has tried to cover some of the basics. The next step should be to clarify why voters should support his goal of removing Modi, and why this alliance might be a better bet for him.

It is expected that ‘India’ will not repeat the 2019 Congress election campaign. In that campaign, Rahul Gandhi raised allegations of personal corruption, and it did not prove to be very effective. It cannot even count on opposition votes (as it did in the post-Emergency 1977 elections, and to some extent in the 2014 election), as Modi’s popularity is still high.

Modi’s domineering style of undermining the institutions that make a powerful executive more accountable, of course, is fiercely opposed by many, but those who vote on this basis will be few and many of them will also think that abuse of power Many opposition parties, including the Congress, have not lagged behind in doing so.

If the opposition wants to win, its new alliance will have to do much more than criticize the government, it will clearly have to present a better alternative. But it won’t be easy. First of all, it does not have any leader to face Modi. This is one of the important reasons why the BJP has consistently performed better in national elections than in state elections.

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