Decline of Brand PM Modi: From PM to BJP leader – By Kay Benedict

Identity politics is not new to India. But they acquire menacing proportions on the eve of elections. All parties, to varying degrees, are guilty of it.… Among all, BJP takes the cake. Perhaps, for the first time in Independent India a person of the stature of Prime Minister has stooped so low couching communal messages in his election speeches caring two hoots for the Election Commission. If Pakistan has been a metaphor (since the 2015 Bihar election) for divisive dialogue, the gloves are now off as blatant communal card is being played without any scruples.

Leveraging the acquittal of the accused in the 2007 Samjhauta Express blast case by a trial court, PM Narendra Modi tried to drive a wedge between the Congress and the majority community flagging the “Hindu terror” epithet allegedly coined by the Congress over a decade ago. Stung Congress spokespersons insist that the expression was invented by then home secretary R.K. Singh, now a BJP union minister.

Last December, the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad, under the BJP government had charge-sheeted 12 persons linked to a radical Hindu outfit. On March 8, 2017, an NIA special court in Jaipur convicted three ex-RSS pracharaks in the 2007 Ajmer Dargah blast case” (courtesy Fact check: Indian Express).…

https://www.freepressjournal.in/analysis/decline-of-brand-pm-modi-from-pm-to-bjp-leader/1497515

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