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Congress should stop playing communal card
When Narendra Modi was anointed as BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate, many openly apprehended him as a divisive personality - Narendra Modi would play Hindutva card and divide the communities on communal basis to polarize the people of India. Thus, hatred would be spread and the delicate thread of communal harmony would be broken, resulting great damage to India or the idea of India.

The same was also believed by many, even Modi fans. But Narendra Modi made development in his core campaign agenda. He didn’t utter a single word leading to Hindutva politics, neither shown any intolerance to any community. However, his opponents waited for long to see Modi indulging in divisive politics. But as the election is nearing fast and Modi growing stronger everyday with its pro-development, robust economy, anti-corruption plank, it appears that Congress is losing its patience.

First Rahul Gandhi, then Salman Khurshid and now all Congress party and some of self claimed secular parties started raking up the 2002 riot issue. This desperation comes when they see that the minority support is not coming to Congress, rather going to Mayawati’s BSP. UP minority are not happy with either Congress or SP. Thus the only choice remains BSP. Congress tried to bring BSP to UPA fold for UP election, but BSP decided to go alone.

Without minority support and shouldering decade long anti-incumbency, naturally Congress became frustrated and realized that it could be wiped out from UP, as anti-BJP vote would either go to BSP or SP. Similarly in Bihar too, due to Lalu’s nepotism, JDU is gaining some space and hence minority vote may go towards JDU.

Hence as a desperate policy, Congress might be opting a strategy of raking up 2002 riot issue and try to be most vocal in criticizing Modi as mass murderer. The attempt is to provoke the sentiment of Muslim community and polarize them in favour of the Congress.

In the process, Congress forgets two things. First, it is practicing the same divisive politics, which it apprehended earlier that Modi may practice. Thus, it proves itself pseudo secular or rather say, pure communal.

Secondly, while trying to polarize minority, it is indirectly doing counter polarizing of majority in support of Modi and BJP. The point is not how BJP or Modi would benefit in such counter-polarization, point is, if such polarization occurs, the delicate thread of communal harmony might be broken and sentiments would be heightened communally. India does not want any communal tension or provocation. This would be against the idea of India.

What a tyranny! The man, whom everybody doubted for possible divisive politics, talks about ideas on how India can achieve inclusive growth, how nation can be prosper. Whereas, Congress, which was expected to talk all those good things, is talking on communal issues, attempting to polarize communities and raking up emotional/sentimental issues.

Congress needs to introspect its electoral politics. Elections are won or lost, doesn’t matter. The communal harmony and integrity should be paramount for all parties. Hope good sense will prevail on Rahul and his coterie. You better fight with Modi and BJP on development/economic/corruption and other such national interest issue. Attempting to practice communal politics is not only harmful for Congress but also dangerous and damaging to the nation.

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