Kapil Sibal accuses BJP of not being a constructive but a deceptive opposition. (IE Photo)
In this Idea Exchange, Minister for Communications and Information Technology, and Law and Justice, Kapil Sibal accuses the BJP of not being a constructive but a deceptive opposition, explains what happened over the Bill on convicted legislators, and says youth are the future of the country. The session was moderated by Senior Editor (Legal Affairs) Maneesh Chhibber
The election season is on, but I am a bit concerned about the public discourse that is taking place… What I’ve been seeing is a season of complaints and false claims. The Opposition, I’m afraid, is not bringing an agenda on the table a national agenda on which a discourse can take place. On the one hand, the discourse is centered around blame. ‘The UPA has not done this, the UPA has not done that…’. Of the false claims that the ‘nirantar virodhi (constant opponent)’ is making, there is no record… Wherever I’ve gone, I’ve asked people as to whether they know what the Gujarat model is. I will ask this audience also. Does anybody here know what the Gujarat model is? I don’t.
Unni Rajen Shanker: You seem to have coined a new term…
Nirantar virodhi because he is constantly opposing. This is the politics of opposition and not the politics of construction. It’s also a politics of deception. That’s why the public discourse is skewed, because we don’t know what the alternative is, because in any democracy there must be an alternative space before the people… When I was the Minister for Human Resource Development, I had an ideology, I had an agenda that education must be child-centric. This was known to the people of India. Have you heard the nirantar virodhi talk about education? Has he told us what the agenda for education is as far as the NDA is concerned?