First, they went to every nook and corner of the country screaming that Modi is not doing anything and that Pakistan is making a mockery of his 56” chest. From the Congress SM team to their MSM team, to the intellectual brigade, to their actual campaign workers, every last one of them was taking Modi to task for doing nothing about Pakistani terrorism.
Then came the surgical strikes. As the nation celebrated, they went to a stunned silence.
The silence lasted about 3 days. The Opposition was simply unable to help itself…it’s deep rooted pro-Pakistan instincts were simply too strong. It was an itch they just had to scratch. They crawled out of their bunkers one by one and started advancing various elements of Pakistani propaganda. Kejriwal was cautious enough to raise questions on the strikes in the garb of asking the government to stop Pakistani propaganda. But Sanjay Nirupam couldn’t even keep up that much of a pretense. Pakistani channels picked up the news immediately and our secular leaders were soon being hailed as heros in Pakistani media.
In an age of instant communication, stories of Kejriwal becoming a Pakistani national hero were beamed right back into Indian living rooms by Indian news channels.
It was probably then that the Opposition realized that they had dug themselves into a really deep hole. They had tried to keep the discipline in the first 3 days, hoping that the issue would soon blow over, but they had been betrayed by none other than their own self-destructive Modi phobia.
This was JNU all over again, only a 1000 times worse. If at that time the Opposition was seen as standing with Naxals, this time they have been seen as standing with Pakistan. If it was Kanhaiyya Kumar, media could still have worked overtime and spun a yarn of some sort. But what story could they possibly spin in favor of Lashkar and Hizbul terrorists?
The Opposition realized its position with a sinking feeling. That is when the pravachans began:
The astounding arrogance! You guys spend 10 days politicizing the Uri terror attack. Then, your boat capsizes and even Praveen Swami cannot save your reputation. And now it is BJP which must observe strictures so that they do not end up benefitting from YOUR mistakes.
YOU make a mistake and the onus is on your opponent not to take advantage of it?
So far BJP hasn’t even started. The PM has said absolutely nothing on the surgical strike. BJP President Amit Shah has put out all of 2 tweets congratulating the Army and PM and little else. And in response to your repeated provocations, the BJP has just told you to keep calm and trust the Army. There has been ZERO of what you call “chest thumping”, you are just projecting your own sense of panic at the obvious tidal wave of public opinion in favor of the BJP. They said little or nothing; you guys have exposed yourselves.
Is it now BJP’s fault that you guys have become heros in Pakistan?
You guys have some nerve demanding that BJP should listen to your orders now on what to say and what to do. It was your fault for assuming that Narendra Modi is another Manmohan Singh. If you go out to bat thinking that Brett Lee will bowl to you at the same pace as Inzamam-ul Haq, don’t blame the bowler or the game when the ball knocks your teeth out. And please…don’t demand that Brett Lee should bowl at the pace you want him to. BJP gets to pick its issues just like you did.
How dare you give orders to the BJP? And let me tell you, dear idiots, that BJP does not need a single poster or banner or an election rally to take advantage of the surgical strike. All they need to do is let you guys keep talking and the people across the border cheering you. Believe me, we can hear Pakistanis clapping at your speeches from across the border; BJP does not need a single poster to press home that point.