This makes me feel old and might make you feel old as well. Remember the Kolkata Test match from 2001? You know what I am talking about…
In an inspired move, Captain Sourav Ganguly decides to promote V V S Laxman up the batting order. The rest (all 281 runs of it!) is history.
For the first two years since this government came to power, we have seen the tyranny of the unelected. Never before in history has the Rajya Sabha exercised so much power. The Congress party, kicked out of the Lok Sabha by the will of the people, dug in its heels in the Chamber of the Unelected. Be it the Land Acquisition Bill or something as timid as an amendment to include electric cars in the Motor Vehicles Bill, the Congress blocked anything and everything.
Of course, here I don’t even want to mention the OTHER group of unelected people who wield unlimited power over all of us and have been more active than usual ever since Modi government came to power. I wouldn’t want to hurt their feelings lest they burst out crying…
The Congress expected their applecart could go on forever, unchallenged. But Modi has finally had enough of this nonsense. In an inspired move, Modi has brought Swamy into the Rajya Sabha. And as luck would have it, the same week the Agusta judgement arrived from the Milan Court, putting the Dynasty in the dock. The Prime Minister directly coordinated with Swamy during his attack on the Congress yesterday:
The BJP benches all took position to support Swamy as we went out to bat. Venkaiah was there, lending lung power directly to Swamy whenever the Congress tried to shout him down. In comparison, Manohar Parrikar played a measured innings, much like Rahul Dravid’s 180 on the other end as V V S Laxman scored 281.
As the Congress discovered much to its dismay, creating an uproar over Sonia’s name being mentioned is a stupid strategy. Sonia’s name is already out there and people are already talking about it. It made the people even more sure that the Congress is trying to hide something. Shouting the names down resulted in a bunch of innuendos that are more damaging than just letting them say Sonia and Rahul, like this:
“nor did he name Congress president Sonia Gandhi directly, but referred to her as “person whom I can’t name otherwise you (Chair) will expunge it”. That was a smart move on his part, he knew that by saying so, he was making it more than clear as to whom he was referring yet not giving an opportunity to Congress to object him. So much so that while explaining as to who “AP”, as mentioned in supposed list of bribe takers was, he said, “I know who he is but will not name him” and a little later he said quoting a portion from Milan Court of Appeal judgment papers he said AP was “political secretary” but “I am not saying to who…” When there was uproar from the Congress benches over this, he repeated “I have not said political secretary to whom”. On further provocation and challenges from the Congress “Italians must be crazy to refer someone (AP as political secretary) who was not connected to UPA government“. He then used the term “blank blank”, to fill up two names in the judgment papers where it refers that Haschke had identified all the Congress leaders including Sonia Gandhi and Ahmed Patel “
The Congress should understand that sidewise references hurt much more than direct references. It gives the listener an added sense of thrill. In his 2014 campaign, Modi rarely if ever named the Dynasty. Jibes like “Ma Beta” and “Shehzada” were actually much better than naming them. In the previous sitting of Parliament, when Modi struck with : “Maut aur Congress ka kabhi naam nahin aata” (no one names either Death or Congress), it cut deep.
However, there was one strategic mistake indeed, in which I agree with Firstpost:
“two main speakers from its side, Subramanian Swamy and Manohar Parrikar spoke in English, something which the Aam Aadmi on the streets don’t understand, howsoever keenly he/she may have wanted to watch this debate live.”
Agreed. If possible (I don’t know if Swamy speaks Hindi, but I am guessing he probably does), BJP leaders should try to make these high value speeches in Hindi, or a mix of the two. The way Smriti Irani’s Hindi-English mixed speech on the Rohith Vemula took the internet and the media by storm should be a case in point. For approximately 48 hours after the speech, the Opposition was too stunned to react.
For me, however, this was the most ironic part of the day’s events:
“Ahmed Patel admitted that his name has been mentioned four times in Italian court judgment papers but “where is the indictment, has anybody made an accused. If gentleman sitting there can prove, I will resign. If you can find an iota of truth after investigations are done, I will resign and quit from public life….”
Ahmed Patel promising to quit “public life”? Really? When was Ahmed Patel, the creature of darkness, ever in “public life”? What about Ahmed Patel or his life or his actions is ever “public”? Hasn’t he always been the pilot car into the land of darkness? When I hear his name, I think of long dark nights where everyone from weapon dalals to media dalals gather to strike shady deals and plan dirty tricks… Yeah, Ahmed Patel, please feel free to quit “public life”. You won’t be missed. ROFL! The question is whether you will quit your “secret life”…
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