The Prime Minister Narendra Modi who is the one and the only star poll campaigner of the BJP is set to go full-throttle for the five-assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Mizoram and Telangana. Second phase of Chhattisgarh polls was conducted on November 20 and Narendra Modi and the Congress president Rahul Gandhi locked horns in their hectic campaign. It is a fact that the Prime Minister while addressing a mass meeting particularly related to elections never forgot to criticize the Congress for dynastic rule. Public Front reminded him many a time that in a democratic set-up what matters most is the mandate of the people. Before an election political parties throw allegations against one another and find fault with their rivals. However, when the result is out, the mandate is respected by all. All political parties involved say they have accepted and respected the mandate. It is an established routine for the Congress and the BJP. Prime Ministers Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi were showered upon with people’s love and affection and were mandated by the masses and classes. Now finding fault with them as ‘dynasty rule’ is nothing but abusing the public mandate. Narendra Modi is simply abusing the people for choosing members of the Gandhi family. There was equal number of non-Nehru-Gandhi family Prime Ministers. They are Lal Bahadur Shastri, P V Narasimha Rao and Manmohan Singh. Then what about the BJP? The party is following the Sangh dynasty. The more committed to the RSS, the more suitable to the post of Prime Minister.
When Narendra Modi was made the Prime Ministerial candidate in 2014, he was not a popular figure. L K Advani, Rajnath Singh and Sushma Swaraj and others were more senior to and more popular than Modi, but he was made the party face by the dictates of the RSS. On the contrary, when Indira Gandhi was elected as the Prime Minister she had served the party as the president. When Rajiv Gandhi was made the Prime Minister, he was the general secretary of the party. This is not the case of Modi where dictates from the above had to be followed. This course of blindly following the mentor throwing party’s principles to winds is against the democracy. The Congress strictly followed the democratic principles and gave full regard to the wishes of the people. All the Congress Prime Ministers were the darlings of the masses.
Ignoring the facts of history and without giving regard to the people’s mandate, Narendra Modi simply demonstrates his oratory skills and intentionally misguides people. In Chhattisgarh campaign, he told Rahul Gandhi that it were not his “nana, nani and dada dadi” (grandparents) who laid the pipes, but it was the BJP that served the people. What a silly and arrogant remark. The BJP has been ruling the state for last ten years. It should speak about its achievements. In every speech he taunted the Congress and said that it was the BJP which brought about the development. He is not ignorant. He knows history, but wants to mislead the people by uttering a bundle of lies. When India got freedom, it was not able to make a needle. It was the Congress which ruled for the better part of time, and during this span of time the country entered the satellite era. It was Indira Gandhi who conducted nuclear blasts that led Vajpayee to make the country nuclear.
Denying the development during the Congress regimes, the Prime Minister has now come with a ridiculous and preposterous demand that the Congress give the party’s reins to non-Nehru-Gandhi family person. He should know that the party was helmed by S Nijalingappa, Jagjivan Ram, Shankar Dayal Sharma, P V Narasimha Rao and Sitaram Kesari. About Sitaram Kesari, he alleged that the Congress ousted him unceremoniously. As a matter of fact he lost the party election for the President post. It was election, and not the dictate from above. Modi knows all the facts but speaks lies to mislead the people.
Keeping these facts in view Sashi Tharoor launched the sharpest attack on Modi’s outbursts when he said that it was Nehru who made it possible that a “chaiwala became the Prime Minister of India.” Now all other states where elections are due will witness such blatant lies of the Prime Minister.