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Politicians setting bad precedent by foolish statements

Updated: April 28, 2019 4:28 pm

The Congress party and Rahul Gandhi thought if they say ‘Chowkidar Chor Hai’, people would simply concede that Narendra Modi is a corrupt person. But, Rahul Gandhi’s regret on this slogan in the court has exposed the Congress in the midway of election.

Politics is one of the most responsible professions, as the person, who propagate it, is accountable and answerable to lakhs of people and their families. A politician leads the people from the front and shows them the right path. A politician is known for his/her commitment towards people’s welfare, right decisions, responsible talks, etc.

India being a world’s largest democracy, our constitution has given us freedom of speech and expression with some reasonable restrictions, and as always, the propagation of this right by our politicians could clearly be seen in this 17th Lok Sabha elections too. But unfortunately, it is being used for false narrative and to humiliate political opponents by speaking the improper language.

For the first time in the Indian political history, a Prime Minister was publically called ‘chor’ (thief) by the president of India’s oldest political party, Congress. It is worth mentioning that PM Modi first called himself ‘Chowkidar’, and thereafter Rahul termed him ‘Chor’.   According to the news reports, Rahul Gandhi   told media persons after filling his nomination for Amethi Lok Sabha seat that the Supreme Court had accepted, there is some form of corruption in Rafale deal and ‘Chowkidar Ne Chori Karwayi’. However, when this matter went into the court, Rahul Gandhi, on May 22, expressed regret for his remark, saying the comment was made in the “heat of the political campaigning” and that it was misused by his political opponents.

However, this is also true that this remark made by Congress president has damaged the Congress itself and given a big boost to the BJP, which has gained more sympathy of the people especially the lower middle class.

The question arises Why are politicians gradually leaning towards making silly statements? Nowadays, elections are contested on the basis of perception, and for this, political slogans and statements are coined by professionals to draw people’s attention, and for this, international agencies are hired to understand people’s mind before the election. This trend is increasing very quickly because of direct communication with people through social media. This is the reason why we are witnessing more vulnerable slogans and statements. One of the biggest problems is that the understanding of voters is still not so perfect as to keep abreast of veracity of those statements. So they are easily trapped into these types of talks.

In this regard, the Congress party and Rahul Gandhi thought if they say ‘Chowkidar Chor Hai’, people would simply concede that Narendra Modi is a corrupt person. But, Rahul Gandhi’s regret on this slogan in the court has exposed the Congress in the midway of election. Now people are also asking, was alleged corruption in Rafale deal a false narrative created by Congress for Lok Sabha election?

Recently, while addressing an election gathering, Senior Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Azam Khan, who is contesting Loksabha election from Rampur made a derogatory comment against BJP’s candidate, Jaya Prada, who was earlier in Samajwadi Party.

“I brought her (Jaya Prada) to Rampur. You are a witness that I did not allow anyone to touch her body. It took you 17 years to identify her real face but I got to know in 17 days that she wears khaki underpants,” said Azam Khan.

For his remark on Jaya Prada, Azam Khan had been banned from political campaigns for 72 hours.  This lewd comment made by Azam Khan is no less than an abuse to a woman. However, it is still unthinkable that no so-called feminist openly protested on this issue like they do every time. Even women politicians like TMC’s Mamata Banerjee, who is always vocal against any such issue, BSP’s Mayawati,  Jaya Bachchan, Rajya Sabha member of SP  and others didn’t bother to speak on this issue.

Not only this, when in December 2015, CBI raided the office of Rajender Kumar, principal secretary to the Delhi CM, Arvind Kejriwal called PM Modi coward and psychopath.

However, it is worth mentioning that since Arvind Kejriwal became Chief Minister of Delhi, his many important colleagues like Yogendra Yadav, Kumar Vishwas, Kapil Mishra and Ashutosh Kumar has left the  Aam Adami Party (AAP), alleging dictatorship in the Party.

On the other hand, in 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Narendra Modi-led BJP has more alliance partners than 2014 those in Lok Sabha election. Therefore, it is enough to understand as to who is the real psychopath.

Only politicians can’t be blamed for their statements. People also enjoy them and endorse them. This is the reason why despite delivering  low statements, politicians often win elections. If we look at the political statements of former Bihar Chief Minister Lalu Yadav, who is now behind the bars in fodder scam, we can easily find jovial and disparaging comments in his speeches. Lalu Prasad Yadav’s speech rarely happened to be on development. He has also been found guilty in scams, Yet his party enjoys a very strong support in Bihar, which emphatically indicates that resorting to low exercises in politics is not a big concern for the people yet.

By Ravi Mishra

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