Uttan: Leader of Opposition in the
Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj today suggested that BJP-ruled states
win over Opposition through gestures like extending `personal
touch`, arranging dinners and sending bouquets to opposition
"If an opposition leader asks for time, try to give
him time. When he comes to your office or residence, ensure
that your assistant is there to receive him when he alights
from the car and you personally receive him at the doorstep,"
Swaraj was speaking at the concluding session of the
two-day conference of chief ministers of BJP-ruled states on
Senior leader L K Advani was scheduled to attend the
concluding function but could not make it due to unavoidable
reasons, she said.
"Any minister who meets Opposition like this...the
Opposition is less aggressive towards him," she said. Personal
relations are above politics, she added.
"If any Opposition MLA is unwell, the parliamentary
minister should send him bouquets and CM can follow up with a
call to wish speedy recovery," she said.
She recalled that when she was both Parliamentary
affairs and health minister during NDA regime, she ensured any
MP admitted to hospitals like AIIMS and Ram Manohar Lohia
would get a bouquet from her in half an hour.
Swaraj emphasised that at least three dinners should
be organised, one during every legislature session by the
Chief Minister, Finance Minister and Parliamentary Affairs
Minister, for all legislators.
"The practice was there at Centre during Atal Behari
Vajpayee government but we seem to have forgotten that now,"
"Our ideologies may be different but we are not
enemies of each other. We, live in the same country," Swaraj
said. "We cannot imagine democracy sans Opposition," she said.