Differences in family feud in non-BJP camp, enough time for Mamata to change her mind: Margaret Alva


PTI

New Delhi, 23 July

Opposition vice presidential candidate Margaret Alva on Saturday described the current differences in the non-BJP camp as a “family feud” and said they were trying to unite for the 2024 challenge.

The opposition was clear that it does not want a one-party rule and that the Constitution must be protected and democratic institutions protected, said 80-year-old Alva, who faces an uphill task in the August 6 vice presidential election in which He is up against Jagdeep Dhankhar of the ruling NDA.

In an interview to PTI, the former governor said the “tragedy” of today’s democratic system is that the mandate of the people does not prevail and muscle power, money power and threats change the structure of the elected structure.

Responding to the frequent disruptions in Parliament, the multi-term MP said it was happening because the Speaker is “incapable” to work out agreements in which the opposition’s point of view is considered.

He wondered how democracy can function when the government’s slogan is ‘My way or not’.

On dynastic politics, Alva said that there is nothing wrong in the coming of children of politicians but they have to win elections and people’s trust.

Alva also said that she was “shocked” by the Trinamool Congress’s decision to abstain from the vice-presidential election as party chief Mamata Banerjee is leading an agitation to unite the opposition.

Alva said she cannot help the BJP win. “Mamata Banerjee has enough time to change her mind.”


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