The verbal spat between the BJP and the Congress is getting uglier by the hour. Instead of clearing the air on Mr. Robert Vadra’s alleged land deals, the Congress is returning fire by questioning the BJP. More questions to much-needed answers is no way out (“Explain Vadra’s quick-rise model: BJP,” April 28). Being related to the Congress president, Mr. Vadra must come clean.
The BJP, on the other hand, is stooping very low in terms of ethics, morals and language, the Vadra video being a case in point. Being aggressive toward the Trinamool Congress too is unfortunate. Mr. Narendra Modi’s claim that Bangladesh migrants will be packed off after May 16 does not augur well (“Modi promises strong action in Saradha case,” April 28). The party should not spit venom in every instance. In this case, it is surprising that even BJP leader Arun Jaitley speaks in a language which is not his usual one.
I have been closely involved with all elections from 1950 till 1980, and it is shocking to hear the kind of language being used in political discourse today — which is also being fanned by the electronic media. Each allegation seems to be leading to a further avalanche of fiery comments. Both sides across the political fence need to observe decorum.
B. Rathnakar Rai,
The BJP seems to have forgotten about development, focussing instead on Mr. Vadra. Priyanka Gandhi-Vadra in turn retaliates sharply with the “rat” metaphor. In the end, it is the common man who is caught in the middle and left totally bewildered by these verbal skirmishes. The run-up to election 2014 has made one thing clear. The qualification of a good politician includes the ability and the skill to hide his/her corruption besides his/her agility and talent in indulging in corruption. Above all, he/she must have the advantage of eloquent supporters to save him/her from charges.
The style of hunting for votes will never change. It is always on election-eve that parties raise and level allegations. Once the results are out, the hue and cry dies down. While the political kaleidoscope has never been pretty in our country, corruption has become the life-support system for every party. It brings both wealth and votes to parties.
The BJP video on the alleged corrupt dealings by a member of the Nehru-Gandhi family exposes both the Congress party and the Janus-faced BJP. It was the AAP which first flagged this instance of alleged corruption. The BJP never really used this opportunity in Parliament to pin down the individual concerned. When an upright civil servant like Mr. Ashok Khemka had to suffer ignominy, did the BJP ever stand by him? It seems to be waking up only after the missile attacks by Priyanka Gandhi-Vadra against Mr. Modi. Is this not opportunism by the BJP? Voters are well aware of the fact that almost every politician has a carefully built empire of wealth. Concealing or revealing it is an art.
Chandausi, Uttar Pradesh
The media seem to be getting carried away in the coverage of alleged corrupt dealings. The episode involving Mr. Vadra shows that in this country some people are more equal than others. Rather than focus on high standards of reporting, some sections of the media appear to be promoting a marked anti-Modi angle to almost every thing.
K. Ravindra Ballal,
The war of words between the Congress and the BJP is deplorable, with both sides failing to exercise restraint. An election has to be fought on issues concerning the welfare of the people and the nation at large. But the way the two parties have stooped low to trade charges is despicable. Clearly, the tall leaders in both parties who can conduct themselves with decorum and dignity are missing. It is time the leaders of both parties realise that they are setting a very wrong precedent for the younger generation. Let sanity and wisdom prevail.