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Its all in the DNA, is It? | JP Gadkari

Saturday 20 April 2024, by J P Gadkari


It is said that it is in one’s DNA which makes him/her believe, behave and act without bothering about the consequences of his or her actions. Let it be in one’s personal life, social sphere or in political arena. Such a person misinterprets, twists and distorts all facts and events that are taking place or even twists or misinterprets the historical facts to suit his/her purpose.

Take for instance the example of our Honourable Prime Minister Narendra Modi. It appears it is in his DNA to interpret the events in his own way to suit his political and personal intentions, whatever may be the consequences. Let us go back to the days when he was the Chief Minister of Gujrat.

It was sometime in early 2003, immediately after the 2002 riots and massacre in Gujrat following the Godhra episode, when at the executive committee meeting of BJP held in Goa, the then Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee in his gentlemanly way suggested to Narendra Modi that he should "behave and act" according to "Raj Dharma" while dealing with the situation in his State.

Vajpayee was fully aware of how Modi had acted with complete communal bias and with partiality in dealing with the problem which had resulted in killing of huge number of people from one community and brought a bad name to the party not only in India but world over. When Vajpayee told the above to him publicly, without batting an eyelid but somewhat nervously, Modi replied "WO HI TO KAR RAHE HAY HUM". (We are exactly doing the same).

It is well known that Vajpayee wanted to sack him as the Chief Minister of Gujrat at that time but because of the intervention of the then Dy Prime Minister L K Advani and some of his friends in the party executive it did not happen and justifying his actions, Modi continued to remain in power in the State and later becoming the Prime Minister of the country. He has behaved in the same way on many occasions and never regretted it.

Coming to more recent past, Modi has set a new record how to twist someone’s statement and use it for political advantage. It was the Gujarat Assembly election of 2016. Congress was almost on the verge of winning. Modi was frantically trying to find something to turn the tide. And LO it came to him on a silver platter!!!

Congress leader Mani Shankar Iyer, a very vocal and well-known critic of Modi while criticizing the P M on some issue called him by a Hindi adjective NEECH, which literally means a person with a low character. Modi at once deliberately misinterpreted it to suit his purpose by meaning it as belonging to a "LOW CASTE" and then added that Congress leader has described him, the "son of Gujrat" as "belonging to a low caste" and also "insulting" the low caste people. Being Gujarati himself he also called upon the people of Gujarat to protest against this. His trick worked and BJP won, though with a slender margin.

Coming to the present, Modi has now crossed all limits becoming so desperate seeing the writing on the wall and realising that he may not be able to achieve his ambition to become Prime Minister for the third time.

While he has been attacking every statement of Congress, the principle opposition party, Modi crossed all his limits when he compared the Congress mnifesto with that of "Muslim League" of pre-dependence days. Later he also accused the Congress party of planning to chage present policies and bringing laws which will snatch away the valuables, gold etc including "mangalsutras" (a golden chain with black beads woven together which every married woman wears) of "sisters and mothers" and other properties and give it away to Muslims on the pretext of bringing economic equality in the society. His reference to "mangalsutra" was meant to address particularly the vast number of women voters and was very mischievous which brought a very apt and stinging retort from Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra.

Modi also twisted the statement made by former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh in 2006 on the subject of economic equality by misinterpreting and distorting it.

Modi while contradicting himself even accused late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi of "abolishing" the inheritance law existing in the country to save 50% of the property bequeathed to him by his mother late Mrs Indira Gandhi going into the Govt coffers.

Finally the Congress has filed a complaint with the E C asking for action not only against the Prime Minister but his disqualification.
Taking note of the complaint made by the Congress and at the same time of a compliant made by BJP against Congress leader Rahul Gandhi making some "objectionable" speeches have simultaneously issued notices to both parties.

But strangely enough the E C for the first time issued these notices not in the name of individuals for allegedly having committed the breach of the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) but to the head of the organisations to which the individuals belong. So the notices have been issued to BJP president J P Nadda instead of Prime Minister Modi and Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge instead of Rahul Gandhi respectively. The E C has given both parties time to reply by Monday, 29 April morning. It will be interesting to wait and see what action the E C takes in the matter after the replies are received..

April 26, 2024

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