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Twisting the facts for ?

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Published on June 24, 2024 with No Comments

Voting is a right best exercised by people who have taken time to learn about the issues. And how do the voters learn about the issues? Perhaps, when the leaders discuss issues concerning the nation, create an environment where the voters can make a wise choice. For voters to make a rational decision, they have to be fed with issues, policies that can make a difference. Is the same happening in India which is half way through the election process and election results will be out by June 2?  Not really!

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is spear heading the campaign for the ruling BJP, with opposition leaders are getting any space in the national media. Prime Minister Modi is getting a coverage that only brings even more scrutiny.  Over the past week, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has repeatedly lied on the campaign trail.

It began with his speech in Banswara, Rajasthan, on April 21. He claimed the Congress planned to seize and redistribute private wealth to Muslims, labelling them “infiltrators” and “those who have more children”. However, no such mention is there in the manifesto of Congress. After the Congress and other political parties filed complaints with the Election Commission, accusing Modi of “hate speech”, the prime minister stopped making an explicit reference to Muslims – but only for a day. The complaint comes as under the Model Code of Conduct is stated that No party or candidate shall include in any activity which may aggravate existing differences or create mutual hatred or cause tension between different castes and communities, religious or linguistic.

In a days time, Prime Minister was back at making false claims about Muslim community getting favours from the Congress and he alleged that Congress party has been ignoring the Hindus.

Here Prime Minister Narendra Modi claimed that the Congress manifesto said it would survey, seize and redistribute private wealth, including the mangalsutras (an auspicious ornament worn around the neck by married Hindu ladies)  of married Hindu women. “The gold jewellery of my mothers and sisters isn’t just a showpiece, it is linked to their self-respect,” he said. “Their mangalsutra is linked to their life. In your manifesto, you are threatening to snatch it away?” The fact is the Congress manifesto contains no reference to private property being confiscated, let alone the mangalsutras of women.

There after Prime Minister Modi made a claim that the previous Congress government had said Muslims have the first right on the country’s resources. In order to incite the voters, Prime Minister Narendra Modi distorted a speech delivered by former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in 2006. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had spoken about the need to uplift all disadvantaged sections in India, including Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, Other Backward Classes, women and children, not just religious minorities.

Even during an interview to a TV channel,  the most obvious question, that was screaming to be asked, was on electoral bonds. The prime minister claimed, as he has been doing recently, that the entire scheme was his idea, and was a success. That it brought transparency to election finance. And that unfortunately now, we would be back to the bad old days of black money. Again, his claims defy the facts. It is a known fact that the Solicitor General of India while defending the case in the Supreme had pressed hard to not to disclose the details of the donors.

The ability to twist the facts may make a leader win the elections, but can he be termed as a statesman?

 

 

 

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