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Next Prime Minster, who?
By Iftikhar Ahmad Dand
Dear Editor,

This is the subject being hotly debated in media, especially after some BJP men mentioned Narendra Modi as their choice. People get the rulers as they deserve. But we as people are not so degraded as to have a person like Modi to preside upon our affairs. Rajnath Singh, BJP President, who recently announced BJP's Parliamentary Committee/board has been careful enough to scoff at the rumours at the choice of Modi when he said that L.K. Advani is still the mentor of the party and party will propose the name at the appropriate time.

Modi is a tainted Chief Minister because he burnt his fingers in controlling the Gujarat massacre in 2002, which resulted in more than 3000 deaths and widespread devastation unknown in Independent India? There are clear indications about involvement of his government in the massacre. After all, it was he who was controlling the government of Gujarat during and after the infamous riots. At the least he is guilty of dereliction of duty of saving Muslim citizens of Gujarat. His attitude then and even after riots was clearly questionable.

Modi's theory of action and reaction and his subsequent sarcastic remarks of child producing relief camps of victims, his refusal to rehabilitate the riot-devastated the people and constant refusal to condemn the riots are proofs enough that a person like him does not deserve the high office of the Prime Minister of democratic, secular and multicultural country like India. It is sheer brazenness on the part of BJP to propose his name for the high office; even if BJP proposes his name, the other constituents of NDA will not agree to this. JD(U) the largest and the oldest ally of NDA has expressed serious reservation over Modi's name and has even threatened to leave NDA if Modi is projected as Prime Ministerial candidates.

Besides, it is one thing to be a successful Chief Minister in a state and quite another to become popular and acceptable in the whole country. Perhaps the Congress is scared of Modi as it is also suffering from image denudation because of corruption charges against several of its central and state ministers, besides its inability to control price rise.

A number of political observers are seeing the hanging of Afzal Guru in this context and saying that action was taken inspite of fear of very severe reaction in Kashmir. They found the hanging as an answer to counter BJP's more of harping on renewing Ram Temple movement and accusing Congress of going soft on terror.

Nobody knows what is in store for the country in the near future. But it is a foregone conclusion that Modi as a PM will not be acceptable for the large sections of this forward looking, democracy loving nation which believes in role of law and justice.

News Updated at : Friday, April 26, 2013
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