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Political discourse hits a new low

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Published on March 30, 2019 with No Comments

With the parliamentary elections in India round the corner, the campaigns by political parties have reached their peak. Senior leaders of all parties have hit the campaign trail to make sure their candidates are able to strike the right chord with voters.  Amid the Model Code of Conduct, senior leaders of all parties have hit the campaign trail to make sure their candidates are able to strike the right chord with voters. Elections in India are often fought on perception other than real issues, however political discourse among the leaders in India is touching a new low with leaders attacking each other personally and the use of words like “dancer” and “terrorist” this time has become a common practice. Crossing the thin line of decency is something that the leaders should have refrained from. A number of leaders trying to impress their particular set of votes have come out with statements that are not expected from leaders ahead of the all-important polls in the country. In one of the most controversial statement, BJP MLA from Uttar Pradesh’s Ballia Surendra Singh said UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Haryanvi singer-dancer Sapna Chaudhary share the same profession of being dancers. He went on to say, that Congress president Rahul Gandhi should marry Sapna Chaudhary the way his father and former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi had “accepted” Sonia Gandhi. “Rahul Gandhi’s mother was in the same profession in Italy. The way your father accepted Sonia ji, you should also accept Sapna Chaudhary. The best thing is both mother-in-law and daughter-in-law will be from the same profession,” Singh said.  BJP MLA Surendra Singh may consider it his right to take a dig at Rahul Gandhi the President of Congress party, however his assumption that he can haul over the coals for Sapna Chaudhary, a young girl who has a own strength shows the mindset that this BJP leader has.  The BJP legislator’s rant came after it was announced that Sapna Chaudhary had joined the Congress. This is not the first time Singh made such remarks. Last week, he commented on the colour of BSP chief Mayawati’s hair and the “facials” he claims she gets every day. “She gets a facial every day. The person who herself gets a facial daily is telling our leader that he is ‘shaukeen’,” the MLA had said. “Wearing clean clothes is not being ‘shaukeen’. Colouring hair at the age of 60 to look young is ‘shaukeen’. Her hair has turned grey but she colours it black,” Singh said. Union culture minister Mahesh Sharma described Priyanka Gandhi as “Pappu ki Pappi”, prompting the Congress to term the remark “a new low in politics”. BJP leaders tend to ridicule Congress president Rahul Gandhi as “Pappu” (a duffer). “Pappi” means a kiss. Such a comment for a brother sister duo from a minister of “Culture”! Not to be left behind , Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath during a campaign in Saharanpur, referred to Congress candidate Imran Masood as the son-in-law of Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar. The JeM chief is accused by India of orchestrating a number of attacks in India, including Pulwama terror attack, that led to killings of 40 CRPF jawans. Perhaps he drew the analogy from the Congress candidates religion and during the election of 2014, Imran Masood had used certain harsh words for Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Masood, infamous for his 2014 speech in which he allegedly threatened to chop Prime Minister Narendra Modi into pieces. He was then Congress’ Lok Sabha candidate from Saharanpur, the very seat from where he has been fielded again. 

It’s not only the BJP leaders indulging in such kind of comments.  Hitting a new low, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu said Opposition leader Jaganmohan Reddy was like ganja (cannabis) in a tulsi garden. Speaking in Budvel, he said as per IANS, “In this Tulsi garden, a ganja plant has also grown. He is Jagan Mohan Reddy.” Launching a fresh attack at Narendra Modi on Pulwama terror attack, AIMIM supreme Asaduddin Owaisi asked whether the PM “ate beef biryani and slept” when the attack took place.

Meanwhile, a video surfaced where a National Conference (NC) leader

was seen calling the Prime Minister Narendra Modi a “terrorist”. “The paid media feels bad when I say Modi is a terrorist. What is a terrorist? I will say ‘terrorist is equal to Modi and Modi is equal to terrorist’,” Former NC legislator Javed Ahmed Rana said while campaigning. To call the Prime minister of a nation a terrorist, without any apparent reason is not acceptable to any voter. With each passing day, the leaders and candidates are hitting a low in their political discourse and with the elections going uptill last week of May, it’s difficult to expect them to mend their ways.


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