Since 2013, there has been a huge anti-Congress campaign in India by various activists to project the UPA in a bad light. The entire campaign was run on Swiss bank accounts, black money, and the corrupt Gandhi family. The BJP came to power with a huge majority. Voters also expected some miracles and a few lakhs in their bank accounts if the BJP comes to power. They all were waiting for “black money” to return from the Swiss Bank, but one fine day, Home Minister Amit Shah confessed in one of the TV interviews that bringing back black money was Jumla (an election gimmick).
The Swiss Bank was overloaded with BJP leaders’ and their counterparts’ accounts; somehow this issue was sent to cold storage. Then came demonetization, and no black money was traced; neither fake currency printing nor terror activities were stopped. Rather, corruption in government offices doubled due to the biggest denomination of the 2000 rupee note. The BJP failed to prove their point; all those accused in the 4G scam got bail because there was no proof against them; the government was of the BJP, but they hardly could do anything about it. Here comes the BJP’s favorite topic, the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty.
There were non-stop personal attacks on Sonia Gandhi and her children; there was a nasty campaign against Nehru on social media by the IT cell; and the BJP made a huge investment in tarnishing the Gandhi family by projecting Sonia Gandhi as a bar dancer, Rahul Gandhi as Pappu (a nave), and Priyanka Gandhi as a land grabber’s wife. They were made to do rounds in ED, IT, and CBI offices, but it was not easy to break the morals of the Gandhi family, as there was nothing to establish against them. The family graciously cooperated with all the inquiries that came their way. Well, there was a huge virtual infrastructure created against the Gandhi family to somehow end their political existence, but a Congress-free India couldn’t become more than a remote possibility.
In the recent past, Rahul Gandhi became very aggressive and vocal in the BJP against the corruption in some business groups. The BJP and the BJP’s IT cell are always trying to impress the people of India with a rosy picture, but the problems of a failed economy, high unemployment, poverty, and extreme poverty are persisting and becoming bigger by the day and more unmanageable. All the international indices, including the Global Hunger Index, are dropping even below those of our neighbors, Sri Lanka, Nepal, and Bangladesh. The downslide continues.
When everything breaks down in India, then, Congress might emerge as a ray of hope. The BJP failed to eradicate poverty in India, they failed to generate mass employment for the youth of India, and they failed to boost the economy of India for common people. GST, demonetisation, and lockdown actually broke the business, and many remained jobless after continuous financial shockers. The BJP is in power, but their leaders act like the opposition by attacking those leaders who are either in regional parties or who are strong voices against the ruling party.
Congress’s Rahul Gandhi, after getting bail from a session’s court in Gujarat today in the defamation case over his remarks on the surname of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, said, “truth is my weapon” in another Gandhian tweet. The BJP is always afraid of Rahul Gandhi because the BJP and the political experts know that the BJP’s show can end at any time. The BJP’s weakness lies in the fact that they cannot administer or manage such a large and diverse nation like India. The BJP is hell-bent on eradicating opposition voices. Somewhere we are heading towards an invisible dictatorship. The largest democracy is losing its appeal. The BJP never made efforts to answer the allegations made against them, but they replied by making counter-allegations, and that too of Indira’s 1975 emergency or Nehru’s smoking with Lady Mount Batten.
Rahul Gandhi asked simple questions about Make in India, JNU, Rohith’s case, and the NaGa Accord, but the likes of Rajnath Singh and the late Arun Jaitley chose to attack him personally. Even Prime Minister Modi mocks him rather than answering his questions in person. Don’t they have any answer for him, or are they not answerable regarding their promises? Nobody from the Union Government has responded so far for any of Rahul Gandhi’s accusations at the Parliament. They have disqualified him out of fear that he might enter Parliament again, and that will jeopardize their politics.
Well! Gandhi got bail today, and his two-year jail sentence was put on hold until the court took a call on his appeal challenging the order of the Surat magistrate. The next hearing is on April 13. The two-year jail sentence handed to Gandhi has led to his disqualification from parliament under the provisions of the Representation of the People Act, 1951. Every single institution in the country is under attack. The democratic foundation, the Parliament, the Judiciary, the free press, the election commission, the bureaucracy… Every single institution is under pressure.
Gandhi said that the BJP and RSS were “confused” and thought that “they are India,” adding that “the confusion is in the minds of the Prime Minister, the BJP, and the RSS. They are under the impression that they are from India. They think of themselves as the whole of India. The PM is an Indian, but he is not from India. No matter how delusional or arrogant he may be, he is just one Indian. The BJP and RSS have forgotten that there are 1.4 billion people in the country, and this country is not the BJP, RSS, or the Prime Minister.” Gandhi did not mince words but strongly highlighted that any criticism of the Prime Minister, the Bharatiya Janata Party, or the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, a Hindu nationalist organization, was “not an attack on India”.
Gandhi was fearless in his speech. He knows if the sentence is not reversed, he will be disqualified and will not be able to contest polls for eight years. He has already started packing after agreeing to vacate his government-allotted Lutyens bungalow in Delhi. But he has not stopped speaking his mind, and he continues to be a fearless voice against the powers.