In the history of independent India, no PM has been accused of conspiracy to murder. So the Aam Aadmi Party chief needs to step up and take this to the next logical level or be open to a charge of mental instability. Kejriwal has gone too far; Modi should respond on baseless murder charge….writes Bikram Vohra
Nothing will get you as much publicity as claiming your life is in danger. They even give you Z-level security. But to accuse the Prime Minister of your country of trying to kill you is a very serious charge, and cannot be kept in the comfortable confines of rhetoric. It is an accusation and must be acted upon as such.
Any sane person’s first reaction would be to say stop flattering yourself. You are just the chief minister of Delhi and your party isn’t exactly national; surely Modi has other things to do than to plot your demise. So stop the babbling. But if cognisance is taken officially of Kejriwal’s public statement, then by virtue of his position and the fact that he is on record, he needs to go the whole nine yards and place a report at the nearest police station and file an FIR listing reasons — beyond the fertility of his imagination — why he has made such a grave accusation.
For all intents and purposes, Modi must be questioned because that is the way the law works. For 1.2 billion people. And if we find that Kejriwal had no grounds for his finger pointing exercises, then he must profusely apologise for his indiscretion, for bringing the PM’s office into disrepute and pay the price. What is not acceptable is for this to be just another chapter in the “foibles” of Arvind Kejriwal. He cannot be allowed to get away with it as another self indulgence because this is dynamite.
We all know there are shenanigans and there is grandstanding and there are exchanges of insult in politics. But you cannot get worse than this. He has already called Modi a psychopath and a coward. Even if it was a chief minister, we could read Modi’s silence at that point as sheer contempt. But when you are accused of murder, then even Narendra Modi must be compelled to respond.
There is only one thing worse that Kejriwal could do, and that is to accuse Modi of being a traitor. For the sake of the Prime Minister’s chair and its dignity, it’s time Modi broke his silence and spoke out.