PM’s stand on his conspiracy charge is adamant and against democratic norms

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It is not a charge levelled by the Congress against the BJP particularly against the PM Narendra Modi that the Gujarat campaign run by the party was woefully against the poll norms but a fact that can hardly be denied that the party availed all the dirty tricks in its bag to influence the people. All the sources of money and muscle power were exhausted and all kinds of baseless charges were thrown against the Congress. The BJP touched the Nadir of the ugly campaign when the Prime Minister said that some persons hatched a conspiracy with Pakistan to defeat the BJP in the elections. This poll plot was allegedly discussed in a meeting held at the residence of the Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar and the participants included former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, former Vice President Hamid Ansari, former Army Chief Deepak Kapoor and others. This was the most absurd and malicious allegation against these dignitaries. When the incumbent PM levelled a serious charge against his former counterpart, the matter turns gravely delicate and hurting.

Keeping the above backdrop in view, the Congress has been demanding in both Houses of Parliament that the PM should tender his apology. Both Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha were disturbed for two days. On December 20, while the Rajya Sabha was repeatedly adjourned with Congress members protesting on the issue, the Lok Sabha saw the Congress stage a walkout in the second half. In the Rajya Sabha the chairman Venkaiah Naidu said the House had nothing to do with something occurring outside. In the Lok Sabha, the opposition leader Gulam Nabi Azad said the Prime Minister should clarify his remark and admit that the charge was levelled to win the elections.

Instead of keeping mum, the Prime Minister should clarify his charge and if there is an iota of truth in the allegation, then action should be initiated to probe the matter as it is linked to the security of the country. The charge was dismissed by Pakistan on the next day itself.

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