What makes a good Opposition - Inputs Needed

We have focused on Government and Governance for a while and today we want to seek your inputs on "What make an Effective Opposition" to the ruling party in Parliament and in Assembly. What are the do's and don't that citizens suggest for a good Opposition.

Time and again, we have seen delays in passing of bills, laws just because of political reasons. As a result , the business, citizens and the nation's progress all suffers.

So, please give your inputs on this subject. We will compile the inputs, reshare with you for additional comments and then issue it for all opposition parties in Central Government or in States to use as a ready reference.

Let us have healthy opposition and do our bit to define what's acceptable and what's not to the citizens.

We look forward to your inputs! more  

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There is a difference between "critic" and "critique". While "critic" denotes negation and gossiping for bad, "critique" is positive criticism and meant for improvement and is a healthy sign.

Opposition per se does not and should not be for the sake of it. It is a good sign of democracy to have a healthy opposition so that the Government functions for the common goal. more  
Why, I will not waive my gas subsidy

Mangalore Today News Network

An Open Letter to the Prime Minister
By SUMITH S. RAO

Respected Sir:

You have asked the rich and affluent people of India to waive off their
share of subsidy on gas cylinders used by them in their homes and help in
nation building.

I, for one would definitely prescribe to your view and gladly do so. In
return, I would like all of you esteemed gentlemen and ladies who run our
great country to also reciprocate our generous offer.

If only, every corporator, MLA, MP, and Minister could also waive off his
gas subsidy, we the people of India would be very proud of you and salute
you.

You would be setting an example to the citizens of India. Most of you have
declared incomes running into a few crores while contesting the elections.

When will the day come when you will think of our poor brethren and waive
off all the perks that you enjoy because of your position.

When will you stop voting unanimously for a pay hike for yourselves, while
bitterly fighting against all other issues in Parliament?

When will we see you act as responsible citizens and fight over issues
rather than take party based decisions?

Let me tell you, dear Sir, the Chancellor of a super power like Germany Ms.
Angela Merkel rides on a public train to work, whereas in our country
everyone from the Prime Minister, to the Members of Parliament, even down
to the Zilla Panchayat President is allocated a car which is paid for from
the coffers of our country which is filled generously by the tax payers
money.

You incur thousands of rupees worth of telephone bills, electricity bills,
free accommodation in luxury bungalows, avail free travel on public
transportation, go on foreign jaunts on flimsy excuses and we the people of
India pay for it.

When will you be a proud Indian and pay for all these facilities availed by
you?

You get admitted to luxury hospitals for even a headache and especially
when a probe is launched against you for any misdemeanor. Even there, you
get the best beds and facilities free of charge.

Pray, tell me, Sir “When will you pay for these privileges?”

You travel in air conditioned railway coaches and fly first class in planes
even when you are not on official duty. It is us, the citizens of India who
pay the fare for you.

Everyone, who is anybody, stakes his claim to fame by clamouring for “Z
Class” security when the actual risk assessment for that person is zero.
We, the people of India pay a fortune for your security.

Alas, what a travesty of our times. That you who should be protecting the
nation are being protected by the common man at his cost.

There are people in India who cannot even afford one meal a day and do not
even have the strength to complain about it. Sadly, while you enjoy a cup
of coffee bought at a princely sum of Rupees One or a full meal at Rupees
Twelve at the Parliament canteen in air conditioned comfort and cannot be
bothered about these trivial issues.

When shall you pay the full cost of a meal without passing on the bill to
your countrymen?

Sir, I am just an ordinary citizen of India who dutifully pays his Income
tax, Service Tax, Value Added Tax, Wealth Tax, Corporation Tax, Automobile
Registration Tax and Property Tax which goes up to nearly 50 percent of our
hard earned money while you enjoy the benefits of these taxes and live a
privileged life because every citizen of India pays for your privileges.

The day all of you forego and waive all the unnecessary perquisites
bestowed upon you by laws enacted by you would be a proud one in our
nation’s history.

The day, you gentlemen who have been elected to power by the people to
govern our nation become responsible citizens of INDIA will be a milestone
in our history. That day, all of us will definitely waive off our gas
subsidy.

Yours sincerely,

An honest and dutiful citizen.

Sumith S. Rao is a well known city based businessman and a former President
of the District Small Scale Industries Association.

Note:- Please circulate, so it reaches the PM.
On May 7, 2015 11:27 AM, "Rajendra Pratap Gupta" <
support@localcirclesmail.com> wrote:

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Following are further inputs good opposition.
1. First and fore most thing is that opposition party should understand that they are having more responsibilities than ruling party.
2. They should observe flaws, discrepancies on the policies/decisions/issues made by ruling Govt. and should point out correctly, precisely, and in in-time.
3. Not only pointing out, they should give feasible remedies, advises.
4. This not only helps Govt. for smooth handling of issues, but it is helping public by saving time, money and sees that issues are going in right direction.
5. Unfortunately opposition parties concentrate on political gains.
6. They should not play for vote bank politics, this may be beneficial for a short time. But In long run this will do harm to all even to country.
7.Opposition should think about public interest and for future of county.
8. Ruling party Government should also give importance to good opposition and they should accept the constructive advises given by opposition.
9. Ruling party government should also under stand , that public gave mandate to the opposition party and advised them to be as good opposition and to do good surveillance on behalf of public.

comments please more  
A good & healthy opposition always promotes Governance, that is always for the people. This is not happening because we have foreigners in our Parliament. So, we must enact a law to remove these elements. Foreigners can live in this country peacefully and only that. They must pay their taxes and should not accumulate and stash our money into EUROPE. THEY MUST NEVER BE A PART OF Governance. more  
There should be at least 2 hours per day in which opposition will not be allowed to even whisper forget about speaking.

This way govt will be able to work on its key agenda.

And in rest of time they can say about the demand of their political parties. more  
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