Congress and BJP are in a war of words lately {Modi vs (Rahul, Manmohan & Sonia) spat happen on a daily basis} and this election is likely to witness the bloodiest battle ever. On one side is the Gandhi family which has not been challenged so openly in any elections, on the other side is Modi led BJP who sees this as an opportune moment to create history taking advantage of the huge anti incumbency against ruling Congress. Result – accusations, counter allegations, hitting below the belt, lies, goof ups, gaffes etc.

While Rahul and Sonia don’t speak much (it is speculated that Madam doesn’t know Hindi and reads from English text), Modi speaks a lot. He is holding rallies on a weekly basis and is drawing crowds 6-8 times more than Gandhi family. This has emboldened him. And he is perhaps the only politician after Subramanium Swamy who is now directly taking on Gandhi family across generations – Nehru, Indira, Rajiv, Sonia and Rahul. So much so that Congress is running for cover and its spokespersons refusing to come on debates on TV channels.

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Modi started the debate with pitching Sardar Patel vs Nehru and went on to say that Sardar would have been a better PM than Nehru. History is reminiscent of the fact that Nehru didn’t get a single vote for Presidency elections and was made PM only at the insistence of Mahatma Gandhi. Link of earlier post on the subject below – “Sardar Patel legacy gets murkier”.

https://politicalbaaba.wordpress.com/2013/11/04/sardar-patels-legacy-battle-gets-murkier/

Adavni upped the ante and stated that Nehru had called Sardar a “total communalist”. Congress shot back terming Advani’s statement a blatant lie and attempt at falsifying history. Link below from Advani’s blog:

http://blog.lkadvani.in/blog-in-english/when-vp-menon-cornered-a-british-general

Modi in his rallies addresses Rahul as “shehzada” meaning “prince” and Sonia as “madam”. In Bahraich rally in important state of Uttar Pradesh, he trained guns on Central Bureau of Investigation. He accused Congress of using CBI to silence opponents (Maya, Mulayam, Lalu, Amnit Shah) and thundered that he is not afraid of CBI. He alleged that Center was using Indian Mujahedeen to stop him, but he has millions of people behind him (in a reference to Patna blasts).

Manmohan slammed BJP and Modi for using bad language in speeches. Where were you Manmohanji when your leaders called Modi “mass murderers” despite Supreme Court issuing a clean chit to Modi in riots case.

The slang match continued when Modi in a rally in Chattisgarh asked people if they would like to bring back “khooni panja” to power in a veiled reference to Congress. On Congress complaint Modi was issued a notice. Last heard he got 4 days extension to file a reply. Congress shot back referring to Modi as “khooni insaan”. Link of earlier post on the same.

 https://politicalbaaba.wordpress.com/2013/11/16/congress-tit-for-tat-earns-modi-an-election-notice-for-his-khooni-panja-remark/

In Chhattisgarh, Rahul came and blamed that Center sends a lot of funds but they have not been spent and region lacks development.

Modi in a rally later called on “ill” Sonia to hand over reins to Rahul. Congress fumed at this and termed it as “very low level remarks” and peeping into the private life of an individual. When Rahul uses the ill health of Sonia to gain political mileage / sympathy votes it is right but when Modi makes a statement of fact it is wrong. In the same rally he took a jibe at mother-son duo and said that they are referring to Central funds as it is their mama’s (mother’s brother) money (veiled reference to Quattrocchi).

Sonia defended her son and govt. in a rally in Madhya Pradesh and took a jibe at Modi stating that some leaders were day dreaming to become PM and BJP has a lot of infighting. Rahul went a step ahead and called BJP a party of “chors and looteras” (thieves and thugs). This infuriated BJP and it has filed another complaint before Election Commission. BJP is chor party? UPA does 1.86 lakh crore 2G scam, 2 lakh crore coal gate scam. What is Congress then? Even Rajiv would now be smiling that a lot of hue and cry was made for a 100 crore Bofors scam (peanuts).

Today Rahul held a rally at Delhi while Modi held a rally at Bangalore. Twitter was abuzz with the gathering at both rallies. Rahul held a rally or was it a meeting? Taking a swipe at Rahul’s statement on “power is poison“, Modi mocked at the Congress vice president and said that Congress does not want to empower countrymen, hence they are warning people of staying away from power. While Rahul spoke about voting for Sheila for development.

In this slang match, real issues are being lost. Nobody is speaking about corruption, price rise, economy. Congress is on back foot and Modi is using his popularity to attack Congress. But negative politics won’t get votes Modiji. People are eager to listen to your vision / mission of India. How would you use your Gujarat development model in India? Please focus on that. Enough of mud slinging. What say people?

 

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