Divide and Rule is a tactic of being in power, which is often attributed to the British rule in India. The British rule created schisms between the two dominant religious groups of India, i.e., Hindus and Muslims and benefitted from the conflicts between the two. Now the Indian National Congress Party along with other Opposition parties – after a slew of losses in the State elections in the past 5 years – has decided to take a leaf out of the wily and oppressive British rule and resort to Divide and Rule in the polity of independent India.
A classic case in point is the way the grand old party along with its sympathizers has been trying to create a divide within the ruling party by spreading “cropped statements’’ of Shri Nitin Gadkari, Minister for Road Transport & Highways, Shipping and Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation in multiple instances.
Some such instances are as follows:
Senior leader, Shri Sharad Pawar, chief of Nationalist Congress Party, also tried to take a swipe at the ruling party by saying he was worried for Mr. Gadkari. He said, “(Nitin) Gadkari is my friend. We have worked together. There is talk about his name being pushed (as an alternative to Modi) and because of that I am worried about him”. This is yet another attempt to whip fractured sentiments among the BJP ranks.
Therefore, the Opposition parties in India have repeatedly staged a united front in their relentless bid to unseat Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Apart from alleging charges of corruption, one of the techniques adopted by the Opposition has been to create cleavages within the ruling party by projecting alternatives to the Prime Minister from within the BJP itself, and hope that this loss of unity would work to the former’s advantage.