Strong opposition is needed in a democracy: Vijay Rupani

Strong opposition is needed in a democracy and opposition parties must forge ahead while keeping the country in the center of attention, former chief minister Vijay Rupani said at the farewell ceremony on Sunday of a two-day Indian Youth Parliament hosted by Karnavati University.

Besides strong opposition, the media, the judiciary and the legislature are also very important for maintaining a democratic system in the country, Rupani said during the event which the former deputy minister also attended. Chief Nitin Patel and former Interior Minister Pradeepsinh Jadeja.

It is the responsibility of each political party to maintain democracy within itself, Rupani said, adding: “Unfortunately, many political parties have become family parties. If a party does not function in a democratic process, the country will not be run with a democratic system (by such parties) either.

A discussion also took place on “Elections 2024 – Ek Se Badhkar Ek” attended by Union Minister Devusinh Chauhan, Interior Minister of Gujarat State Harsh Sanghavi, (secular) leader of Janata Dal Tanveer Ahmed Ullah, Supreme Court lawyer Brijesh Kalappa and media personality Anand. Narasimhan.

One of the main characteristics of a democracy is criticism, Ullah said, adding that the real architect of India was Jawaharlal Nehru who improved the GDP from 0.2% to 4%.

Criticizing Congress, Ullah alleged that the party forgot about its own leader like Sardar Patel, who banned the RSS in the country, and gave the latter to the BJP on a platter. He added that true democracy will occur when Prime Minister Narendra Modi is criticized by a BJP platform.

Sanghavi defended the BJP governments’ management of Covid in the Center and State during Wave 2, saying governments and the medical fraternity have done all they can. Some speakers had criticized governments for its management of the Covid during the second wave of the pandemic which killed thousands in the country.

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