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Rahul may have got his sums wrong

10 31 15
26.04.2018
Though Manmohan Singh was called an “Accidental Prime Minister”, for the first family of Congress it was Narendra Modi who had usurped the top job from its crown prince in waiting by sheer fluke or a sleight of hand. So deep was the disdain that, for a long time Rahul and Sonia Gandhi were reluctant to even mention Prime Minister Narendra Modi by name. Those watching television on the day of the results in May 2014 would probably recall Rahul Gandhi briefly coming out before journalists and awkwardly admitting that “the other party won” with no reference to either Modi or BJP.

So, the tone was set from day one even if the first salvo was fired sometime later with the “Suit-Boot Ki Sarkar” jibe after the Modi Government faltered on the Land Acquisition Bill and Modi’s infamous wardrobe faux-pas. Since then, the Congress machinery has been systematically raising the ante against Modi by careful calibration, starting with “Award Wapasi”. This has gained momentum in the last six to eight months with the Government hitting a rough patch in the economy.

Make no mistake, the Congress’s infructuous move for impeachment of the Chief Justice of India should not be seen in isolation or in the limited context of some recent judgements and cases pending before CJI Dipak Misra. Though the Justice Loya decision may have been used as a trigger to derail the Ram Janmabhoomi case, coming on the heels of the no confidence notice in Parliament that could not be taken up, it is clearly a part of a larger plan to paralyse governance and make Modi a lame-duck Prime Minister.

All at once, the Government seems to be under siege with attacks on all fronts – political, economic, banking frauds, farmers’ protest, agrarian distress, law and order, internal security, external relations (Pakistan,........

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