This year’s Lok Sabha elections on reflection have been especially brutal. It seems that every day opposition parties seemed to come out in full force and no statement was too low. Post the results however, many of these opposition spokesmen have gone into hiding. We have thought to try and bring out some of the highlights of this election especially to highlight that what you say can in today’s social media age can never be forgotten.
So, let’s get started with Mamta Banerjee. From her frequent accusations off “expiry PM” and her allusion to violence, i.e. the Prime Minister should be given tight slap of democracy. This Mahabharat went on for over a month with daily statements from each.
Let us also try to see what some of the other notorious comments as made by spokespersons of opposition parties and leaders of opposition parties prior to the results of the election.
We have already detailed Mamta Banerjee’s response as above but let’s move on to spokesperson Derek O’Brien stated that Amit Shah was a “low life” and that his comments on Kangal Bengal were “puke worthy”. He also commented that Tajinder Pal Singh was a goon due to no fault of his upon him being arrested.
Who can forget Rahul Gandhi and his Chowkidar Chor Hai war cry! Unfortunately, it seems that media houses seemed to have taken up this war cry almost on an advertisement scheme in between their regular programming. Add to this, regular comments on the Rafale and “The BJP would never come back to power” and “Narendra Modi will never be Prime Minister”. “Narendra Modi punching out his guru Lal K Advani”. The list goes on!
Randeep Surjewala after Akshay Kumar’s interview stated “That after Narendra Modi has failed at all of his economic policies, he is now trying to take up acting to become a better actor then Akshay Kumar. Akshay Kumar ji is a great actor and we like him. He is a very successful actor”. To quote “An unsuccessful politician who has decimated India’s economy, who has decimated India’s jobs, who has made life hell for India’s farmers and the poor, is now trying to become a better actor than Akshay Kumar ji. It seems a failed politician who is about to be rejected on May 23, 2019, is looking for an alternative employment avenue in Bollywood, but I don’t think so, a failed politician like Modi ji will be a successful actor in Bollywood”.
Sanjay Jha of the Congress party quoted of Narendra Modi “he may have white hair, but he sounds like a blonde”
Supremo BSP leader Mayawati sought to bring up the age-old concern about Narendra Modi leaving his wife for politics. She stated that “Narendra Modi deserted his own wife for politics and hence therefore does not know how to respect women”.
Chandrababu Naidu stated that “Narendra Modi was Mahishasura and that Mamata the Bengal Durga will defeat him”. He even went as far as to call Modi a terrorist and asked that minorities should not vote in his favor.
Kejriwal went so far as to say that Narendra Modi is planning to kill him by his personal security offices which are under the jurisdiction of the Delhi police. In reply, the Delhi Police asked him to select his own personal security officers of his own choice.
It is unfortunate to see that this list goes on and on. Having received the kind of mandate that he has, many of India’s opposition have now gone into complete hiding to avoid the complete embarrassment that their presence would likely face upon making anymore twitterati messages.
Chief ministers as well as spokespersons would do well to stop making such bombastic statements during the election period as they only serve as an embarrassing reminder, that not only is there no such truth in the statements but they only seek to get some media attention for their own political gain.
It is no wonder that many of the opposition parties have come out and stated that they would be no press releases from their parties for the duration of a month just so that the whole of that they won’t be so much of a blowback of their spokespersons coming back into the media fray.
In the end, with the BJP and the NDA will be governing the country for the next five years. It would be best now for many of these political parties to try and work to be a constructive opposition and work with the federal government in using federal funds in a timely manner towards those who need it most and not antagonize Modi and his development plan. In the end it is only their own party members and political supporters who really suffer.