Over to you Mr. Prime Minister

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Narendra Modi (right) with Mamata Banerjee (Picture Courtesy: India Today)

Tami Nadu’s Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa is recovering. Great news! She is on her way to taking control of the state soon. Not just for the state, but for the nation, that she needs to be back on her feet. Mamata Banerjee and Arvind Kejriwal have hogged the limelight through their rally in Delhi. Even a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ally, Shiv Sena took the route to Rashtrapati Bhavan to apprise President Pranab Mukherjee of the repurcussions of demonetisation.

What else? The likes of Banerjee and Kejriwal were looking for an issue to attack the Central government and Prime Minister Narendra Modi hasn’t disappointed. The scrapping of old Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes has opened a pandora’s box. Modi’s opponents are leaving no stones unturned to fire one salvo after another to expose the so-called link between Modi and his ‘industrialist’ friends. Wait a moment! Yes, the middle-class and the poorer sections of the society are facing the ignominy of waiting in the queue. But where does it leave Kejriwal and Banerjee? Did they have to bear the brunt of Modi’s announcement?

A person called Rahul Gandhi stands in the queue, but where are two of the stalwarts of Indian politics? Didi aka West Bengal’s CM Mamata Banerjee was busy keeping a tab on defections instigated by her party (TMC) to spread its tentacles all over the state. Kejriwal is still caught unawares. He himself knows he pretends to be busy despite being deprived of his due as the Chief Minister of Delhi.

The speeches of both Banerjee and Kejriwal in Delhi were high on rhetorics. But there was no solution as such. Both the CMs wanted to send the message across that they meant business. Kejriwal pushed himself to being the greatest crusader against corruption on a stage where Banerjee was present.

Was Kejriwal trying to promote himself as a leader with a clean image vis-à-vis Banerjee whose party has been on a sticky wicket courtesy Saradha and Narada? Was that a message? Was it meant to convey to Didi that Saradha and Narada had dented her party’s image, so don’t try to call the shots?  But what about his own party men some of whom have embarrassed him? If Kejriwal is serious enough to fight corruption, then he would have done well to ignore a CM, whose party has been embroiled in scams. It’s all about ambitions, and thanks to Modi, there are opportunities galore to explore possibilities of putting up a Front against BJP and Congress.

Is Modi sincere enough to fight corruption? There are too many questions that still remain unanswered. But the demonetisation drive has given his opponents the fillip to gain some mileage. Over to Modi. Answer Kejriwal’s allegations that you took bribes during your stint as the Chief Minister of Gujarat. Clarify your relations with the Ambanis, Adanis and Mallyas.

To put it in other words, speak up, because the nation wants to know. Is it true that you intimated your billionaire friends before announcing the demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes? Congress says that the number of deaths after your announcement is more than the number of soldiers killed at Uri. The intent behind the party’s claim is debatable though. But death is death and it’s unfortunate. Questions are being raised.

How do you plan to counter such allegations? The 50-day tough period for the commoners before things fall into place is yet not comprehensible. Dear Modiji, please don’t entrust your colleagues with the job of countering charges from your opposition parties.

In your next Mann Ki Baat, answer all the queries that we have. Or else, your political rivals will get the shot in the arm. In India and elsewhere, it’s not about people’s interest, but political gains. Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Goa, Gujarat and so on, Assembly Elections in these states are slated soon.  So the stakes are high. Now, Modiji don’t tell us, you ignored the political interests before going public with your scheme.

Kejriwal says, you were bribed. The Prime Minister of India faces a serious allegation. Instead of getting emotional and shedding tears while making speeches, you need to answer some delicate questions directed at you. Don’t be selective when it comes to occasions to speak up.

We leave it to you, Mr. Prime Minister.

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About digantaguha

To introduce myself, I am a journalist, blogger and have also taught Political and Sports Journalism in the Future Media School in Kolkata. I am currently working with Sports News Crunch as a Consulting Editor and as a Guest Faculty at the Techno India University. Over all, I have around 15 years of experience as a journalist having worked with esteemed publications like Hindustan Times, Business Standard, The Pioneer and others. You can contact me at diganta2211@gmail.com. Diganta Guha
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