Taking a swipe at Rahul Gandhi, Narendra Modi accused him of considering the country his “mother’s land” instead of his “motherland”. Modi was addressing a 3D show in the backdrop of the shuttered down cinema hall Bimal Palace in Amethi. Frequently, Modi is attacking Gandhi family, Congress and criticising them. Meanwhile, both shifted their focus and personal attacking started which is ripping apart their self-respect. Modi is accusing Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra of being a “jaadugar” who had managed to turn Rs. 1 lakh into Rs. 300 crore within three years. The remark was met with appreciative laughter and applause from a 500-strong predominantly male audience. “For us, Bharat is matribhoomi, for you (Rahul) Bharat is ‘matr’ (merely) land. For us, it is motherland, for you it is ‘mother’s land’,” he said, going on to make a dig at Rahul’s earlier comment that poverty was a state of mind. Modi then turned his attention to Rahul’s brother-in-law Vadra. Quoting a Wall Street Journal report, Modi said Vadra was a “jaadugar” who had started out with a mere Rs. 1 lakh in his pocket and had barely passed Class X. “Within three years, it has become Rs. 300 crore. Modi also questioned the Congress’s silence on the issue. The remark invited chuckles of “jijaji” (brother-in-law) from the audience.
There is no doubt who is a “Jaadugar” with words. While Amethi may be a Gandhi bastion for years, and rightly termed as mother’s land, large tracts of Gujarat have become “Adani Land’, under the BJP regime. It would, therefore, serve no purpose in taking a dig at one party, when your own hands are not clean. It would certainly be more appropriate if some element of positivity is inducted into the coarse debate that has been going on since September 2013.
Rahul Gandhi came down heavily on the Gujarat model of development touted by the BJP and its prime ministerial aspirant Narendra Modi. Gandhi said it is more of a “toffee model” that has benefitted only some industrialists in the western state while ignoring the interests of farmers and the poor. The Gandhi scion was addressing an election rally in Rajasthan’s Karauli town, over 200 km from the state capital Jaipur. Gandhi alleged that 45,000 acres of land has been given to an industrialist for a mere Rs.300 crore. “The land of the poor and the farmers was sold at Re.1 per metre … For Re.1, you get a toffee here. There, land was sold at Re.1 per metre.” He also attacked Modi and accused him for sidelining his gurus. “(L.K.) Advani and Jaswant Singh have been sidelined and if (Atal Bihari) Vajpayeeji would have been in public life, he would also be facing similar situation.” He also accused the BJP of copying the Congress manifesto. He added most of the promises made in the BJP’s manifesto have already been fulfilled by the Congress.
The Congress is a party for the weak, poor and the farmers. Taking a dig at Narendra Modi’s comment that “I (Modi) don’t want to become prime minister, want to be a chowkidar”, Gandhi, without naming anyone, said: “BJP talks about chowkidar (watchman) of tijori (safe). But I have heard that chowkidars also steal. We (the Congress) want to empower all Indians.”
With Amethi going to polls on May 7, Modi used this opportunity to seek votes for a strong government. “Dilli mein dheeli-dhali sarkar nahi honi chahiye (the mandate to govern should not be fractured),” he said, exhorting people to ensure 300 seats for BJP. The nod of approval to Modi’s mocking tone reflected the frustration of the Amethi voters. Many in the audience felt the “VIP” constituency did not receive the attention it deserved. The constituency is a family bastion and even though Rahul is a frontrunner in the electoral challenge, the fight this time promises to be tougher. UPA’s incumbency and the entry of Kumar Vishwas and Smriti Irani have livened up the campaign. Congress appeared to be cognizant of the challenge, an assessment which was reflected in Sonia’s rally after nearly a decade.
All Fellow Indians, intellectuals, learned people should use their valuable ballot and throw out such politicians and political parties supporting such malicious people who are bent to break this great country on the basis of religion for their own vicious goals. Please for heaven’s sake cast your ballot and teach them a lesson. Never allow them to ruin the real social fabric of our nation. BJP is a party that is constantly struggling to disguise its sectarian and narrow view of India’s history and future and make it acceptable to the voters. Once in a while, someone ‘slips up’ and gives us a glimpse of the true nature of ideology that strikes at the heart of the democratic ideas that underpin the nation.
I was expecting much more from Modi, but whatever is happening these days is really disappointing me.