Lalu Prasad attained a new ‘low’ in politics

published on November 17, 2008

On a ‘low’ track

News Today Editorial

Union Railway Minister Lalu Prasad has attained a new low in politics when he called L K Advani and N Modi as ‘terrorists’. Lalu Prasad has stated that both of them were the conspirators behind the Malegon and Samjhauta blasts and that they have conspired to stage communal riots for electoral benefits. This statement has come from a man, who has been facing a flurry of corruption cases and attending court hearings every now and then. The whole nation had seen his performance and his wife’s as well as Chief Ministers and what sort of governance they had given for the people of Bihar. The country’s political history has umpteen evidences for the ‘Jungle Raj’ under his party RJD. The nation had also seen his brazen attempt to exonerate terrorist outfit SIMI, which has involved in many terror acts in India, just three months ago.


On the other hand, Advani has been in public life for more than six decades since 14 years old and his ‘impeccable’ track record is also there for every one to see. He has been a member of parliament for more than four decades and he has come up by sheer hard work to the level of Deputy Prime Minister and now his party is projecting him as the Prime Ministerial candidate. He has exhibited his moral standards by resigning his membership from parliament, when his name was unnecessarily involved in ‘hawala scam’ by some vested interests, and refrained from contesting elections till he was exonerated by the Court of Law. If a head-count were made to find out honest & efficient politicians present in the country now, he would be the first in the short list.  


Narendra Modi has been the cleanest politician of the country and he stands out in the crowd as the best Chief Minister in the country taking his state to new heights in development and governance. Though the ‘secular’ brigade has been vehemently trying to implicate him in the Gujarat riots and to project him as a demon against minorities, he has been striving hard for the development of Gujaratis, irrespective of their caste or creed. The people of the state has also reposed their trust & confidence on him by electing him for the third time consecutively despite a vituperative campaign by vested interests.  


Although the Railway Minister has all the rights to engage in healthy political debates, he must not take the debate to politics of gutter by casting aspersions on and calling names of a democratically elected Chief Minister and a Prime Ministerial candidate, without proper evidences to support his reprehensible allegations. Talking of politicising terror for electoral benefits, Railway Minister constituting the Banerjee Committee to prepare a report of his liking and using it just before the last Bihar assembly elections, stands out as clear evidence against him.


Apart from reminding himself of his own track record, Lalu must also remember that the UPA cabinet had ministers, who were even sentenced by the Courts of Law. Even now a few ministers are facing allegations and charges, but the opposition has never indulged in calling them names. The rule of law has to be respected, but the four and a half years of UPA rule has achieved the dubious distinction of getting snubbed by the Courts of Law maximum number of times.


Lalu’s statement on Advani & Modi over the Malegon and Samjhauta blasts has come at a time when the UPA government has been fast losing its credibility due to the selective and deliberate leaking of information to a chosen media by the ‘Amateurish Talk Squad’ (ATS), which is doing a ‘political’ investigation of Malegon Blasts. There are chances for the UPA train to derail if it is pulled by the Lalu-engine in this kind of a track!  

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