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PM played communal card in UP?

Akhilesh Yadav hit back at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his comments at election rallies in Uttar Pradesh that the state is facing an acute power crisis. He said why don’t Modi swear on the Ganga and tell us… is the Samajwadi Party government giving 24-hour electricity in Varanasi or not? Modi had accused Akhilesh of discriminating on religious grounds, saying, “If there’s electricity on Ramzan, it should also be there on Diwali. There must be bijli (power) both on Eid and Holi… There should be no discrimination. In his campaign for the seven-phase election in Uttar Pradesh, Modi has taken several digs at the power situation in the state but he neglected the fact that BJP has maximum MPs from the same state and they did nothing for the Uttar Pradesh. Moreover, central government is elected to make policies that fits all states and its people, but what’s been happening is, just preaching and speeches by our country’s PM for one political party forgetting the dignity of his post. Modi is yet to realise that he is not campaigner for the party but a PM of this country. From the PM of a party which could not find a single non Hindu candidate for UP Elections sensing impeding loss in UP, PM has started stooping to BJPs usual communal card?

These comments from Modi is showing the condition of BJP in UP. How much Modi has become frustrated that he forgot the respect of his position. The scenario was not different in Bihar also when BJP realized that it have lost the election brought cow mata, crackers bursting in Pakistan, ramzade and exactly same is happening in UP. Thus the party will meet same fate in UP polls. Though they might be deciding factors but they will not make it to power.

During the onset of election all politicians flock the place like the bees. After the conclusion of polls, they suffer amnesia. That is why the different level of elections should not be held at one go but different times. Even students have to appear for two terms exams and there after finals. Politicians are no different from academic students. The difference is that one is sincere in clearing exams other one takes everyone for granted and disappears after emerging victorious. BJP had been out of power since 2002 in the politically vital state that has since been ruled by the Samajwadi Party and Mayawati’s BSP. BJP and its counterpart always tried to divide people by playing communal card. Mayawati stood by Dalits and SP always worked for Muslims and Yadavs.

If we remember, previously too BJP miserably lost in Bihar. The charm of Modi waves are fading and people started disowning BJP. Now ahead of UP elections, BJP again raked up Ram Mandir issue to gain votes, then they realised that Ram will not fetch votes, they twisted subject to providing equal electricity for Hindus and Muslims. They also claimed UP should have equal number of cremation ground and Kabristan (graveyard). BJP wants to keep all the divisive issues on the backburner, the cadres in the party has been left puzzled by the renewed interest of Sangh Parivar towards the Ram temple.

Actual election topic is forgotten by BJP after collecting huge donations in the name of Ram Mandir, now they restored to different issues but Akhilesh launched a fierce attack on Modi ahead of fourth phase voting for Assembly elections. Addressing a rally in Raebareli, Akhilesh criticised Modi over Gujarat Tourism advertisement which showcases superstar Amitabh Bachchan. He said, there’s an ad on TV which shows donkeys. I appeal to century’s biggest star…please stop endorsing donkeys of Gujarat, Akhilesh said this referring to one Gujarat Tourism TV advertisement. The statement came a day after PM Modi stirred a massive controversy by drawing a parallel between Hindu and Muslim festivals. The Opposition lashed out at PM Modi’s statement which they termed ‘communal’. The Congress said it will be filing a complaint with the Election Commission against Modi.

Modi also mocked at Mayawati’s opposition to note ban, saying the BSP is no longer Bahujan Samaj Party but ‘Behenji Sampatti Party’. Modi said those who deposit wealth for themselves can never solve the problems of people. He also attacked the SP and Congress for criticising the demonetisation decision. No matter what the PM says, it is the BJP which has lost the initiative generated in its favour in 2014 after the demonetisation drive and an all-round failure on the governance front.

Modi is banking on his oratory to win UP and failed totally on merits. Akhilesh is far more effective communicator. Even Rahul Gandhi is far more confident and delivering effective speeches. Priyanka Gandhi has punctured Modi’s claim to be an adopted son of UP with few effective words. Dimple Yadav and Aparna Yadav are easily winning voters by their words and deeds. Even Modi sister Smriti Irani looks jaded and silly. If BJP wins in UP, Prashant Kishore has to take the entire blame.

Modiji is in UP every day, his voice is cracking, he is taunting the opponents in vile language. Yesterday he stoked anti-minority sentiments, saying Muslims are favoured in UP more than Hindus. He likes only discrimination in favour of Hindus. Minority hatred of the majority is bad and should be controlled. But it cannot win elections. Majority hatred of the minority can win elections. The PM is using hatred to win votes. Prime Minister, neither has done a greater job. It is very evident from his present way of governing. So wait and watch the results on 11th March. BJP always say Vikas for all, justice for all, employment for all etc. If this is their policy, then why they did not issue a SINGLE TICKET to any Muslim in UP Assembly and Lok Sabha elections? Why this dual policy? Should we say, Modiji played communal card to gain votes in UP? If yes, if this going to work in their favour?

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Dr Vaidehi Taman
Dr Vaidehi an Accredited Journalist from Maharashtra is bestowed with Honourary Doctorate in Journalism, Investigative Journalist, Editor, Ethical Hacker, Philanthropist, and Author. She is Editor-in-Chief of Newsmakers Broadcasting and Communications Pvt. Ltd. for 11 years, which features an English daily tabloid – Afternoon Voice, a Marathi web portal – Mumbai Manoos, monthly magazines like Hackers5, Beyond The News (international) and Maritime Bridges. She is also an EC Council Certified Ethical Hacker, Certified Security Analyst and is also a Licensed Penetration Tester which caters to her freelance jobs.

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