As the D-Day, May 23-the day when the results of the Lok Sabha Elections 2019 will be announced, is drawing near, the political battle in the country has touched a new low.
Recently, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during an election rally in Uttar Pradesh’s Pratapgarh, attacked former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi and his son Rahul Gandhi who is presently the president of the grand old party, Congress.
“Your father was termed ‘Mr. Clean’ by his courtiers, but his life ended as ‘Bhrashtachari No:1’,” PM Modi said.
Again, while addressing a huge rally in Delhi’s Ramlila Maidan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi attacked the former PM.
PM Modi targeted the Congress party alleging that the Gandhi family used Indian Navy’s aircraft carrier INS Viraat as its “personal taxi” when Rajiv Gandhi was the prime minister.
All these comments made me think that is it right for a sitting prime minister to attack a former PM in such a harsh, personal way?
Rajiv Gandhi sacrificed his life for the nation.
On May 21, 1991, Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated while he was campaigning for the Sriperumbudur Lok Sabha Congress candidate. A woman, Thenmozhi Rajaratnam, approached Gandhi and greeted him. She then bent down to touch his feet and detonated a belt laden with RDX explosives tucked under her dress.
Rajiv Gandhi was one of the beloved prime ministers of India. He is being credited with many splendid works.
It was during Rajiv Gandhi’s time in office that public sector telecom companies MTNL and VSNL were established.
20 years ago telephones were considered as something which only the rich can afford. However, the credit goes to Rajiv Gandhi for taking them to the rural masses.
Rajiv Gandhi’s government, reportedly, also allowed the import of fully assembled motherboards. This, in turn, reduced the price of computers.
Undoubtedly, the seed for the information technology (IT) revolution was planted during Rajiv Gandhi’s time.
Replying to PM Modi’s Bhrashtachari No: 1 remark, Rahul Gandhi said, “Karma awaits you.”
“Modi Ji, The battle is over. Your Karma awaits you. Projecting your inner beliefs about yourself onto my father won’t protect you. All my love and a huge hug. Rahul,” tweeted the Congress president.
Maybe PM Modi is using Rajiv Gandhi to garner more votes for the BJP in the last two phases of Lok Sabha election 2019.
But there is a risk involved. The plan may backfire.
Instead of giving more votes to the BJP, the voters may turn towards the Congress party.
No matter from which political party you belong, in politics, one should avoid making personal attacks. Because when you take things personally, then it gets uglier.
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