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PM Modi at Banaskantha - here we hear innuendos
"Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters" ..........Albert Einstein

Few weeks back I had made up my mind not to write a word about Gujarat elections. However, the recent statement of Prime Minister at Banaskantha has forced me to change my mind. Being in close touch with the Gujarat politics, I don't expect any radical change in the election results this time. However, there are several new factors that my turn the tables against the BJP. The signs of nervousness and frustration are writ large at the faces of the saffron brigade.

It reflects when the PM spoke in Banaskantha district on Sunday after the first phase of Gujarat polling. Fear of unknown and consequences of a negative public verdict is compelling him to connect Ahmed Patel and a former Pakistani officer with Gujarat events. If the PM has some solid evidence to substantiate his charges, why the state is silent?

A new story of secret talks in the midst of Gujarat polls is concocted about a dinner meeting at Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar's home, where Indian dignitaries, including a former PM, vice-president and army chief, met with a Pakistani delegation, including the former Pak high commissioner. Why the Centre is not taking any action against the participants if it's blaming for some insidious unholy nexus?

Condescending to that nadir of politics is not unexpected from the fringe elements of RSS / BJP juggernaut but an innuendo – not so veiled from PM is rather a long bow. As it comes from the august office of Prime Minister, it becomes a sorry moment of democracy. India is a mature constitutional democracy where dignity of dialogue and integrity of character are still counted. There are some unwritten rules of the politics that includes mutual respect. With his harsh and immature insinuation, Modi has severely let down his constitutional authority. The PM suggested that the participants of that dinner party were partners in an unholy, rather anti-national, conspiracy. Painting his opponents with a black tar of conspiracy and anti-nationalism did little to raise his status.

And that reminds me what the Election Commissioner OP Rawat had said on August 17, 2017 about the "creeping 'new normal' of political morality." He had also advised that all sides must take "exemplary action" to ensure "faith in democratic polity". He made the statement during his address at the "Consultation on Electoral and Political Reforms" organised by the Association of Democratic Reforms.

"It appears to a cynical common man that we have been scripting a narrative that places maximum premium on winning at all costs – to the exclusion of ethical considerations. In this narrative, poaching of legislators is extolled as smart political management, and strategic introduction of money for allurement, tough-minded use of state machinery for intimidation, etc, are all commended as resourcefulness."

Whether the BJP wins the Gujarat election, or loses it, the PM's statement in Banaskantha doesn't augur well for the democratic norms of the country. Our former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has already denied PM Modi's version of the dinner party. "Gujarat was not on the menu," he said.

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