Gujarat has become a warzone with two opposite forces viz BJP and Congress engaged in out-maneuvering each other to win the upcoming assembly elections. Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a desperate manner asked his ministers to create controversial issues such as Taj Mahal row or how Rahul Gandhi’s twitter followers surged just to lay foundation stones for a number of projects in Bhavnagar and Vadodara worth over Rs. 1,140 crore.
PM Modi even inaugurated the first phase of a Rs. 650 crore ferry service between Ghogha in Bhavnagar and Dahej in Bharuch in the Gulf of Cambay in a bid to buy voters. But, alas, the move was identified by Congress vice President Rahul Gandhi and he made a scathing attack on PM Modi and EC for conniving to delay the polls.
Modi deliberately diverted the public attention from the alleged corruption scandal of BJP President Amit Shah’s son Jay Shah by issuing a warning to Gujarat voters that no funds would be released by the centre if they dare not to vote for BJP.
Modi further went ahead by lashing out at the Congress party, which has been raising questions about the delay in announcement of polls by the Election Commission of India (ECI) in Gujarat, thereby delaying the implementation of code of conduct.
Sensing his defeat in Gujarat assembly polls, BJP even applied his old proven tactics of employing under hand methods of poaching legislators of the rival parties and Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi attacked PM Modi at a rally in Gujarat by repeating numerous times the remark of PM Modi (“Naa main khaaunga, na khaane doonga” rhetoric) and Congress leader Manish Tewari addressed a press conference in which he said that Congress leader Patidar leader Narendra Patel has made allegations that the BJP had bribed him with Rs. one crore to join the party, Tewari demanded that an FIR should be filed against the party and those involved Further said a judicial inquiry should be conducted under a high court judge to get to the root cause of the matter.
While Rahul Gandhi asked PM Modi to break his silence on BJP President Amit Shah’s son Jay whose business fortunes allegedly increased exponentially after the NDA came to power.
Modi has been using different narratives to woo voters promising jobs, acche din, improvement in economy etc but instead has landed his country in utter joblessness and the economy is in doldrums.
Modi has been repackaging and selling the schemes of UPA by terming it as the BJP initiative and even rolled out GST which was proposed by the Manmohan Sigh government to simplify and to bring uniformity in the tax structure but Modi and finance minister Arun Jaitley did not pay heed to the ideas of P Chidambaram and unveiled the tax reform with higher degree of complications and complexities that has become a a herculean task for the small traders and are compelled to hire chartered accountant for filing their taxes.
Now coming to the issues raised by BJP MP Sangeet Som who termed the Taj Mahal as a blot on the Indian culture and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath who said that the “heritage monument was built by the sweat and blood of Indian people.” This reflects the poor understanding of Indian history and communal tinge embedded among the BJP leaders.
The truth is when Shah Jahan saw utter joblessness during that period, he started the infrastructure work that included the Taj Mahal by spending the resources of his treasury for providing employment to the poor even to the extent of emptying the coffers of his government. The splendid architecture of the UNESCO level heritage was designed by the Persians and that has been a source of tourism and employment for the people of India upto the present times. And still, if BJP is jealous of this they should built any equally splendid heritage site.
By: Arti Bali