During his Gujarat election campaign Prime Minister Narendra Modi suddenly played the Pakistan card. In the public meeting held at Palanpur in Gujarat he said that Pakistan was interfering in the Gujarat Assembly elections, and asked the Congress to come clean on reports of its top functionaries recently meeting leaders from Pakistan.
The government has its own intelligence agency and Modi must have got the details of the meeting through his intelligence department and it his presumed that he must have mentioned the details of the meeting on the basis of the same. Now the question arises that why Modi choose a public platform to express such a sensitive issue to convey the matter. Was it not expected from the Prime Minister to take appropriate action against the people involved or he was playing the role of a star campaigner for his party? There is no doubt in it that the country is above the party and the Prime Minister should have thought of the country first then about the victory of his party.
The PM also raised questions over a reported appeal by former director-general of the Pakistan Army Sardar Arshad Rafiq, that Congress leader Ahmed Patel be made Gujarat’s Chief Minister in case the Congress wins the elections.
“There were media reports on Saturday about a three-hour closed-door meeting at Mani Shankar Aiyar’s house in New Delhi. It was attended by Pakistan’s high commissioner, Pakistan’s former foreign minister, India’s former vice president Hamid Ansari and former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh,” the PM said. According to the Prime Minister no Indian official was present during this meeting and the government also was not intimated later.
The Congress was quick to deny the charges and asked to repatriate Pakistan’s top diplomat presence in the national capital if he was indeed meddling in Gujarat elections. Without wasting anytime Ahmed Patel tweeted, “It’s a foregone conclusion that he had abdicated the politics in both action and words. But does it benefit the Prime Minister to rely on canards, rumors and lies just for an election? This is very sad.”
The next day, Senior Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar called Modi a ‘neech’ and his membership was suspended from the party.
Dr Mohammad Faisal, the spokesperson of the Pakistan Foreign Ministry, distanced Islamabad from any such debate. “India should stop dragging Pakistan into its electoral debate and win victories on own strength rather than fabricated conspiracies, which are utterly baseless and irresponsible,” he said in a tweet.
On Monday, though Congress did accept that meeting took place at Aiyar’s place, but denied it to do anything with Gujarat elections. Addressing media in New Delhi, senior Congress leader and party spokesperson Anand Sharma said that, ‘it was not a meeting, but a dinner. Do we need permission from the PM for it?’
Talking about the details of the secret meeting, Sharma said, “Ex-Pakistan Foreign Minister was here to attend a wedding, there was a dinner organised for him in which there were former diplomats, former Army chief among other dignitaries. Does PM think they were all conspiring with Pak?”
The allegations and counter allegations are very serious in nature. They need immediate probe, and in the probe if it is found that something has been cooked which is a threat to the internal security of the country then it should be seriously dealt with and the traitor must be taken to task. At the same time there is no need for a seasoned statesman like Modi to be afraid of Congress and is conspiracy. Modi has proven himself and under his leadership his government has taken bold steps of reforms which are going to show its result in due course of time.