Defined visible alternative must for opposition to take on Modi, BJP: Manish Tewari

Manish Tewari stated that the Congress was willing to concede ground as the big brother among the fractured opposition...

Published: 12th February 2023 11:38 AM  |   Last Updated: 12th February 2023 11:46 AM   |  A+A-

Santwana, Manish Tiwari

(Photo | EPS)

By Express News Service

CHENNAI: Congress leader and Member of Parliament (MP) Manish Tewari displayed an uncanny openness in suggesting that the opposition will have to vault a strong challenger and articulate an alternative vision to India’s polity to counter the Modi wave in the country. He was speaking at the ThinkEdu Conclave during a conversation with The New Indian Express’ Editor Santwana Bhattacharya. 

"The BJP is not even present uniformly across the country and in many states, it is the opposition parties that are fighting each other. Eventually, if you are looking at a change of government you need an identifiable challenger or a series of identifiable challengers who are willing to articulate an alternative vision. The opposition will require a prime ministerial candidate or plural prime ministerial candidates, who can articulate to the country how they would like to run it differently from the way it has been run over the past nine years.” He said that more than opposition it is actually the citizens who can bring about change in the country.

Full Coverage: ThinEdu

In what could reflect the Congress party’s message to other regional parties, Manish Tewari stated that the Congress was willing to concede ground as the big brother among the fractured opposition if such a decision were to lead to a consensus on the opposition projecting itself as a united front. 

In his responses to the session’s host, he cited instances of restlessness on the ground that lead him to believe that a change could be in the offing. “We need a lighting rod around which the restlessness can crystalise,” he said. 



Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp