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If Modi becomes PM again, it will have a lot to do with Congress misjudging the national mood
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If Modi becomes PM again, it will have a lot to do with Congress misjudging the national mood
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New Delhi, May 12 (TIWN): If Rajiv Gandhi has become an issue in this election, his son is to blame. For months he has gleefully yelled Chowkidar chor hai without proof. It is a bad idea to charge someone with being a thief without providing evidence, and much worse if the man charged is the Prime Minister. Rahul Gandhi s reasons for believing that more than half the money of the total contract to buy Rafale fighter aircraft was put in the pocket of Anil Ambani are flimsy. When reporters from this newspaper pressed him for details and proof in an interview last week, he had no answer.

Reckless charges in politics usually provoke a harsh response. And, it came. Narendra Modi said, in a campaign speech, that the naamdaar should remember that his father had become prime minister as Mr Clean and ended up as Mr Corruption Number 1. A tasteless remark, but true. In 1989, Rajiv Gandhi lost the election because he was seen as corrupt by ordinary, rural Indians who made up ditties about the son-in-law of Italy . The Congress party has never explained why the best friends of Rajiv and his wife, Mr and Mrs Quattrocchi, were bribed in this deal. Nor has there been a credible explanation for why Rajiv did not make public the names of those bribed in this deal, even after Bofors officials came to Delhi and offered to give them.

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