Pragya Thakur, Rafale deal, Rahul Gandhi, Modi-Akshay interview | LSE2019

Terror accused Pragya Thakur, SC reopens Rafale, Rahul Gandhi’s indiscretion and Modi-Akshay Interview in the last one week.

In the last one week, we have heard all sort of claims, rhetoric and counter-rhetoric in the Lok Sabha Elections 2019 arena.

Lets have a quick look at those.

BJP has given ticket to Pragya Thakur or Sadhvi Pragya from Bhopal Lok Sabha seat.

A section of people among us are deliberately giving an impression or telling a lie that Pragya Thakur who is among the accused in the 2008 Malegaon blast case, has been given a clean chit by the Court.

This is not true. Pragya Thakur has been given bail on merit and health grounds. She is still an accused in the 2008 Malegaon blast case.

Another impression which is being given by some people is that the court believes that there is no direct evidence against her. This is again a wrong understanding. The court has only given her bail that too for some reason, the terror case against her still exists.

A national party like BJP shouldn’t have given ticket to a terror accused. Notably, in the Malegaon bomb blast in 2008 six people were killed and 100 people got injured. Last thing any party can endorse or support is an accused in a terror attack, which kills people without any distinction to their caste, creed or religion.

Some people are saying that being a terror accused she cannot contest an election. They are wrong as well. An accused cannot be stopped from contesting an election.

Although it is an altogether different question whether a terror accused on bail can be compared with Rahul Gandhi, who is on bail in National Herald Financial irregularity case. Any reasonable person will instantly tell which of the two bails is more acceptable.

Meanwhile, in an election rally in West Bengal, the present prime minister Mr. Narendra Modi said,

“We answer Terror with Terror”.

This is one of those statements which are not expected from a prime minister of a reputable country as India. He might have said it in some other context, but a person holding an important position is expected to behave in a certain way. Hope he becomes more intelligent with his utterances. There are plenty of issues he can talk about — He can use his hundreds of election rallies to inform the electorate about his Government’s work on real issues such as Employment generation, Agriculture development, education, healthcare, improvement in the lives of common man etc. But for some reasons he keeps on blaming others and raising irrelevant topics. It is a surprise as to why some prime minister will shy away from showing his Government’s report card at the time of elections. There must be something good the Govt. has done in 5 years.

And finally, to the alleged corruption in Modi Govt. Rafale deal; and Chowkidar Chor Hai (The watchman is a Thief) indiscretion of Rahul Gandhi.

The day, a three judge Supreme Court bench decided to reopen Rafale deal case, the INC President Rahul Gandhi in an election rally said : … now the Supreme Court has also said that Chowkidar hi chor hai [Now the Supreme Court has also said that the Watchman is the thief].

When summoned by the court on the case filed by a BJP leader, the Congress leader said: the fact that the court has reopened the case, made him believe that his stand has been upheld, so at the heat of the moment he said so. Though he stands by his assertion that the present Prime Minister of India is involved in alleged Rafale deal corruption]. Rahul Gandhi didn’t apologize or felt regret about his stand. Although he accepted that he SHOULD NOT have used “Supreme Court has now also accepted” in his election rally speech.

Rahul Gandhi has been summoned (not personally though) on April 30 again.

Irrespective of what our inclinations be, Rahul Gandhi must have shown more care before “ascribing something to a court”. The fact that the Supreme Court has reopened one of the Rafale deal cases, DOES NOT mean it has given a judgement on Rafale. Nor does it mean it endorses any particular view. It only means the court sees some merit in reopening the case or sees some merit in hearing some other related case about alleged Rafale deal corruption . As a president of a national political party better discretion with minutest care is expected from Mr. Rahul Gandhi.

And finally, the non-political interview of Modi to Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar. Honestly speaking there was nothing in it. It seemed like a Public Relations marketing exercise. A Prime Minister who never speaks about his Government’s report card must not be giving a non-political interview, with tailor-made questions and Home-remedies for better skin, better sleep, motivational Guru type answers.