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Pakistan, Gujarat polls and Mani Shankar Aiyar: Congress is the biggest abuser of foreign hand conspiracy theory
Narendra Modi on Sunday accused the Congress of conspiring against the Indian government (read BJP) following reports that on December 6, a secret (or informal) dinner meeting had taken place at the residence of Mani Shankar Aiyar, where former Pakistan high commissioner, Pakistan's former external affairs minister, former Indian PM Manmohan Singh and former Vice President Hamid Anasari were present.

Since this meeting was hosted without any information to the MEA, PM Modi alleged it to be a conspiracy. To add to the raging fire, a retired DG of Pakistan army Arshad Rafique tweeted that efforts should be made towards making Ahmed Patel the CM of Gujarat.

First the Congress denied of any such meeting. Congress leader Anand Sharma said that that PM was spreading lies. However, former Indian Army Chief Deepak Kapoor revealed that such a meeting had indeed taken place but no discussion on Gujarat polls was undertaken during the meeting. But the point is, when India-Pakistan relations are at the lowest point why should there be such a meeting and that too, without informing the Indian government. Similarly, during the standoff at Doklam, Rahul Gandhi had met with the Chinese envoy to know the details, again without informing the government of India. No matter how much the political rivalry in domestic politics, how can the Congress compromise national security by such acts? Is there a parallel government running in the country?

Now coming back to Narendra Modi's allegation which he made during an election rally while campaigning in Gujarat! Should he be discussing such issues in election rallies? Should Pakistan's name be dragged in election speeches? Frankly, I believe Narendra Modi shouldn't have racked up the issue at all. He gave ammunition to the neighbouring country which immediately released a statement that read: 'Don't drag Pakistan in your elections'.

But is Narendra Modi the first politician to allege on a foreign hand conspiracy theory? History says that Congress has used the foreign hand conspiracy theory regularly whenever in power. Indira Gandhi started this culture accusing that foreign hands were working in destabilising the country. Staring from JP's revolution to murder of union minister Lalit Narayan Mishra, Indira Gandhi openly declared that foreign conspiracy was behind every incident (read USA led-Western countries because of India's relation with the Soviet Union). During the entire emergency period, the common excuse was to save the country from conspiracy of foreign powers.

The same theory continued during Rajiv Gandhi's tenure too. Rajiv Gandhi alleged that CIA and ISI were the conspirators of Punjab unrest. During UPA rule also, the foreign hand conspiracy extended to Anna Hazare's famous anti-corruption revolution.

After the 2014 general election, senior Congress leader Mohan Prakash alleged that BJP won such a huge mandate with the help of Israel's Mossad.  Whenever there's some problem, just take the name of foreign hand as the best excuse.

Thus, I would say Congress has no right to question Narendra Modi on the allegations of a conspiracy or foreign hand. However, as neutral citizens we definitely expect Narendra Modi not to drag foreign countries especially Pakistan's name in election speeches. There is no point in giving the impression that Indian voters can be influenced by Pakistan.

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