Rajat Sharma

My Opinion

Historic passage of Triple Talaq Bill will act as a deterrent

akb (1)It was a historic day in Parliament, when the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday passed the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill by 84 votes to 99. The enactment of this law will pave way for gender justice to Muslim women who had been suffering from the social practice of instant oral divorce over centuries.

This practice has now been declared as void, illegal and a cognizable offence punishable with up to three years’ imprisonment.

I spoke to several eminent experts in law and politics. Two main points emerged; one, it could be a socially prevalent practice in a particular religion, but it cannot be described as a minority community’s right, because rights are prescribed only through Constitution. The issue of triple talaq relates to the question of rights – that is, the right to equality given to women in the Constitution.

The second argument put forth was that triple talaq could be declared illegal, but it should not be declared a cognizable offence punishable with imprisonment. This argument is weak because if the practice is not declared a cognizable offence punishable with imprisonment, the law will only remain on paper.

A large section in Muslim community will then continue to give credence to this practice. If there is no provision for punishment, the violators of the law will continue to ignore the law and carry on with this pernicious practice.

If we have to provide true justice to Muslim women, this provision for punishment has to stay, so that it can act as an effective deterrent. Only the fear of going to jail can prevent men from resorting to triple talaq. This will ensure that this evil practice will vanish from society gradually with the sword of punishment hanging over the heads of violators.

This law will ensure that those who utter triple talaq will land in jail, and the wife will continue to live a respectable life in her husband’s home, since the practice itself has been declared void.

This law, formulated and going to be enacted by Modi government, is laudable and every right thinking person should welcome this.

With the passage of Triple Talaq Bill, the Modi government has crossed a big barrier that had been erected by Congress and other opposition parties in Rajya Sabha over the last five years. The government can now get bills passed in Rajya Sabha by managing numbers.

On Tuesday, when the Triple Talaq bill was passed, AIADMK, Janata Dal(U), TRS, PDP, BSP and TDP stayed away from voting by staging walkout, while Biju Janata Dal supported the bill. Several senior NCP and Congress members were absent during voting.

The passage of Triple Talaq Bill thus marks a clear victory for the BJP, and a defeat for the Congress in Rajya Sabha.

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Foul play in Unnao rape survivor accident cannot be ruled out

AKBOn Sunday, an empty truck, with black paint over its number plate, dashed into a car driven by Unnao rape survivor’s lawyer in Rae Bareli. Two aunts of the rape survivor died, and the victim and her lawyer are presently in critical condition.

UP police initially said it was a case of road accident, but the victim’s family alleged that the main accused in the rape case, BJP MLA from Unnao Kuldeep Singh Sengar and his cohorts had planned this collision.

Surprisingly, the police escort provided to the rape survivor was not in car at the time of accident. Police said, the rape survivor had herself asked the police escort not to come due to lack of sitting space inside the car.

The truck owner told the police that the number plate was blackened in order to evade car loan financier who wanted to collect his arrears. The truck with a blackened number plate was not stopped anywhere on the road, because police said, it was raining and visibility was poor.

Following media uproar, the UP police changed its stance and offered to hand over the probe to the CBI ‘if there was a demand’. It may be noted that the CBI is already investigating the rape case and the murder of the victim’s father.

Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and his sister Priyanka, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav and other opposition leaders alleged that the accident was a plot to prevent the rape victim from giving her testimony in court. They questioned why the accused MLA was still a member of BJP.

Clearly, these opposition leaders got the chance to corner Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s government, because Sengar has not been expelled from the BJP. Sengar is presently in jail.

This is a serious matter since all circumstantial evidences point to gaping holes in the police version. This collision cannot be termed as a road accident in which the truck, being driven on a wide road, crossed to the wrong side and dashed into an oncoming car. The black paint on the number plate of the truck and the absence of security personnel cannot be taken as coincidence.

The Unnao MLA seems to have wielded too much clout with the authorities since the time the rape allegations were first made public.

Family members of the rape survivor were being constantly threatened, the rape survivor’s father was killed, and her uncle was jailed in connection with an Arms Act case. Undue pressure was being exerted on the rape survivor to withdraw the rape charges. The rape survivor’s mother clearly said on Monday that the accident was a conspiracy to kill her daughter and family members.

Now that the UP government has agreed to hand over the probe into this road accident to the CBI, we can only pray and hope for speedy recovery of the victim and her lawyer, both of whom are in critical condition and are fighting for their lives.

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Azam Khan must apologize unconditionally in Lok Sabha

akb (1)The Lok Sabha on Friday witnessed women MPs from almost all major political parties demanding action against Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan for making a sexist remark against the female presiding officer during the debate on Triple Talaq Bill. Members, cutting across party lines, demanded exemplary punishment for such crude remarks.

After consulting floor leaders of all parties, Speaker Om Birla issued a notice to Azam Khan asking him to tender an unconditional apology to senior BJP MP Rama Devi, who was presiding in the House at the time of incident, failing which he may have to face disciplinary action.

Union Ministers Smriti Irani and Nirmala Sitharaman, Supriya Sule from NCP, Anupriya Patel from Apna Dal, Kanimozhi from DMK and other women MPs condemned Azam Khan’s sexist remark and said that such a conduct was unacceptable.

In legal terminology, there are two types of offenders – one, a common offender, and the other, a habitual offender. Azam Khan seems to belong to the second category.

The Samajwadi Party leader used to describe former party colleague Jayaprada as his ‘sister’, but later on, he used crude and abusive language for her. All these remarks are in the public domain. He used words like ‘naachne waali’, ‘nachniya’ to describe the former Bollywood actress. When Jayaprada wept in public over such crude remarks, Azam Khan defended himself by describing her reaction as ‘drama’.

When he was out of power, he used words like ‘tankhaiya’ and ‘naali ka keeda’ for the District Magistrate of Rampur.

In the Lok Sabha, during the debate on Triple Talaq bill, Azam Khan was using objectionable language against ruling party MPs, and the presiding officer, Rama Devi, directed him to address the Chair. Flummoxed, Azam Khan said in Hindi that he liked her very much and he wanted to look into her eyes. These remarks in Hindi have a connotation that is normally used by roadside Romeos who ogle at women.

When Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and other BJP leaders objected to this sexist remark, Azam Khan changed tack and told Rama Devi, ‘you are my dear sister’. This is typical Azam Khan-ese. First, commit the offence and then retract by using sweet words. Azam Khan did the same in the august chamber of Lok Sabha, and he has been caught red-handed. Now that the female MPs are up in arms, he has been caught on the wrong foot, and will have to repent for his offence.

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Why Triple Talaq Abolition Bill is necessary to ensure gender justice

akbThe Lok Sabha on Thursday passed, for the third time, the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, popularly known as Triple Talaq abolition bill, after the Congress, JD(U), DMK, TMC, SP and other parties staged a walkout after opposing the bill. The bill provides for a prison term of three years for Muslim males who divorce their wife after uttering the word ‘talaq’ thrice, either orally or through other means.

The bill had been passed twice earlier in the previous Lok Sabha but had lapsed because it could not get approval from the Rajya Sabha. Piloting the bill, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad pointed out that the Supreme Court had already struck down oral talaq as illegal and unconstitutional, and yet despite the SC verdict, several hundred cases of triple talaq have taken place across India.

This landmark bill, if enacted, will herald a new era for Muslim women who had been facing gender injustice due to the whims of their husbands. It is a progressive legislation that can change the face of Muslim community in India. Needless to say, divorcing one’s wife by uttering the word ‘talaq’ thrice either orally, or through WhatsApp or SMS or Skype, constitutes an act of injustice to Muslim womanhood.

No religion in the world allows such acts of instant divorce. Earlier, maulanas and ulema in India had promised to end this social evil in their community. Some of them tried, but their efforts could not bear fruit. On the other hand, the All India Muslim Personal Law Board and other Muslim organisations brought out protest demonstrations to oppose this bill.

Since 2017 till now, there has been 574 reported cases of ‘triple talaq’ in India. Even after the apex court verdict, there were 345 reported cases of ‘triple talaq’. The government brought ordinances to enforce this bill thrice, and yet, 101 cases of ‘triple talaq’ were filed. The figures may seem to be miniscule in a big country like India, but the ground reality is that only a handful of such cases are reported, while majority of the cases go unreported.

Some Muslim leaders have tried to link this bill with religion. The ground reality is that 22 Islamic countries including Pakistan, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan and Bangladesh have outlawed ‘triple talaq’.

It is also incorrect to allege that the government is trying to target Muslim community alone. The government, in the past, had enacted Hindu Marriage Act, and laws to ban dowry and Sati, with a view to eradicate these social evils from Hindu community.

All right-thinking and progressive-minded people should support Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his efforts to eradicate ‘triple talaq’ evil from Muslim community, and ensure gender justice to millions of Muslim women, whose fate hangs like the proverbial Damocles sword, dreading the very word ‘talaq’.

I would again appeal to all Muslim organisations and individuals to come forward and join hands in eradicating this despicable social evil.

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Only Congress can tell why it is opposing amendments to UAPA

akbThe Lok Sabha on Wednesday passed the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Bill which provides for classifying individuals having terror links as terrorists. The amendment bill also allows the National Investigation Agency to attach properties linked to terror outfits, without taking permission from the state police chief.

While replying to the debate, Home Minister Amit Shah hit out at those whom he called ‘urban Naxals’ who provide direct and indirect support to Maoists and other terrorists. Congress and Trinamool Congress members walked out, and the bill was passed by majority vote after division.

I am surprised why the Congress walked out while opposing this bill. The Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Bill was enacted in 1967 during former PM Indira Gandhi’s rule. The law was amended in 2004, when the Congress-led UPA was in power. It was again amended in 2008 and 2013 during Congress-led UPA rule.

The new amendments that were passed on Wednesday were based on recommendations made by the then Home Minister P. Chidambaram in 2013. Only the Congress leaders can tell why their party is opposing these amendments now.

The present law gives power to the state police DGP to give permission to attach properties of terrorists and their sympathizers. The amendment now empowers the NIA director-general to give permission to attach the properties of terrorists. Till now, the power of investigating terrorist acts was vested in the DSP or ACP of a state police. The new amendment gives this power to the rank of Inspector or above working in NIA.

These are vital amendments that can give power to the NIA to combat terrorism and Maoism. It will speed up investigation that has the potential to nip terrorism in the bud. And yet there are naysayers like AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi who say that the new amended law can be used to harass minorities. He should first worry about his own brother Akbaruddin Owaisi, who has been publicly spewing venom against the majority community.

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Why India must not trust Trump’s offer that is based on lies

AKB_frame_74815US President Donald Trump stirred a hornets’ nest when he said on Monday in the presence of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had requested him to mediate in resolving the 71-year-old Kashmir dispute. Indian External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar told Parliament that no such request was made by our PM during his meeting with Trump in Osaka, Japan.

Jaishankar said, ‘it has been India’s consistent position that all outstanding issues with Pakistan, including Kashmir, must be discussed only bilaterally’ and there was no scope for third party mediation.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and other opposition leaders demanded that the Prime Minister should himself clarify the position in Parliament. Rahul Gandhi tweeted to say: “A weak Foreign Ministry denial won’t do. PM must tell the nation what transpired in the meeting between him and POTUS (Trump)”

Opposition leaders should realize that if they demand a statement from the PM instead of relying on a categorical statement from our External Affairs Minister, the message would go out that our leaders do not trust our own government and instead believe in the remarks made by a foreign Head of State. who has been habitually telling lies.

Donald Trump is the President of the world’s most powerful nation. He seems to have the notion that he can mediate and solve any of the world’s problems, but the fact remains that Trump had given many statements in the past, which are at complete variance with truth.

Several leading US newspapers have published reports on how Trump had been telling lies over the years. The Washington Post published a report based on Fact Checker to say that Donald Trump is the US President who has told the largest number of lies. The report said, in the last 869 days, Trump made 11,769 remarks which were outright lies.. On an average, Trump has spoken more than a dozen lies a day. I’m not sure if this report is based on facts or part of the usual tirade of US media against Trump.

I am narrating these to underline the fact that there are Americans who do not believe in what their President says. Opposition leaders in India should realize this and stop making a mountain out of a mole hill. Prime Minister Modi never sought third party mediation on Kashmir, nor will he ever seek so.
The Kashmir issue has to be resolved bilaterally in accordance with the Shimla and Lahore agreements, which both India and Pakistan have signed. Any meaningful bilateral dialogue can start only when Pakistan stops aiding and abetting terrorists on its own soil.

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Perfect launch of Chandrayaan-2 is a feather in the cap of our space scientists

akb2307 With immense pride, millions of Indians watched on television on Monday as our GSLV Mk-III rocket rose majestically into the skies carrying the Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft, that is presently orbiting the Earth. The spacecraft is scheduled to reach the Moon either on September 6 or 7, when the lander Vikram will touch the lunar surface and send the rover Pragyan near the Moon’s South Pole, where no spacecraft has landed so far.

India will then become the fourth country in the world after USA, Russia and China to send a lunar probe. Needless to say, India has already joined the club of major space powers, with its tremendous success with Mangalyaan (the mission to Mars) and Chandrayaan-1 (mission to Moon).

In the past, during the Sixties and Seventies, we in India used to only watch in awe when USA and Russia used to send space probes to the Moon and other planets. We used to dream of a day when our space probes would reach the Moon and the Mars, with our tricolour flying high.

It is due to the strenuous efforts of our scientists and engineers in Indian Space Research Organisation that India has reached this remarkable level, and every Indian should be proud of our prowess. The orbiter, Chandrayaan-2 will orbit the Moon for one full year clicking and sending images of the lunar surface.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who watched the launch live from his office in New Delhi, said the event will be etched in the annals of history. Chandamama, as Indians fondly call the Moon while telling bedtime tales to children, is no more fairy tale business. Our scientists will now be exploring the Moon for vital technical information necessary for the unknown frontiers of science. It is now time for the world to watch in awe as India takes giant strides in space. I have only two words to express my emotion – Jai Hind!

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Why Team India lost to the Kiwis in World Cup semi-final

akbIt was a heartbreaking moment for a billion plus Indians on Wednesday. Team India performed fantastically well throughout the ICC World Cup tournament, but in the semifinal, the top three of our batting order failed. Within a span of 45 minutes, the top and middle order fell like nine pins in the face of smart Kiwi bowling aided by a moving ball.

Ravindra Jadeja and Mahendra Singh Dhoni fought valiantly and raised hopes with a surprising comeback, and yet luck eluded them. A fantastic throw by Martin Guptill preceded Dhoni by a few centimetres and the ex-captain was run out. We can only say that it was bad luck for Dhoni, who stood like a rock with Jadeja, amidst the ruins. Jadeja mishit a slower ball and had to go.

The distance of a few centimetres is what mattered both for Dhoni and for Team India, which missed the World Cup final.

On the other hand, New Zealand, after a low score of 239, worked to a game plan. The team members knew that they had no big total to defend, and they planned to take the wickets of the top three – K L Rahul, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli to trigger a collapse. They knew that they had a chance to win if the top three Indian batsmen were removed, and their bowlers worked well with the moving ball in the initial overs. Rishabh Pant tried to play well, but was out to a completely wrong shot.

Ultimately, the mantle fell on Jadeja and Dhoni, and the two kept India’s hopes alive, until bad luck intervened. The team that played well with clockwork precision throughout the tournament, failed when it mattered the most. Team India had to ultimately pay a heavy price.

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The political drama in Karnataka was bound to happen

akbThe Congress-JD(S) coalition government in Karnataka headed by Chief Minister H. D. Kumaraswamy is teetering on the brink of collapse, with 14 MLAs of the ruling coalition first shifted to Mumbai and from there by road to Goa to stop ‘poaching’. All the ministers have resigned to give Kumaraswamy a free hand to induct some of the rebel MLAs as ministers.

Ten Congress and three JD(S) rebel MLAs had already submitted their resignations to the Speaker on Saturday triggering a major crisis for the 13-year-old coalition government. The Centre is keenly keeping an eye on the political developments in the state which had witnessed a fractured mandate after last year’s Assembly elections.

The political spectacle that we are witnessing now in Karnataka began the day Kumaraswamy took oath as the Chief Minister, after a coalition was hurriedly cobbled up between the two major parties. Kumaraswamy is on record on having said that he did not know how long his government would last. He had also remarked that he was wearing a crown of thorns and only he knew how he was running the government, and at what cost.

Kumaraswamy shed tears in public several times and the Congress, itself a house divided, alleged that the main opposition party BJP was ‘poaching’ its MLAs. There is nothing to be surprised about because any opposition party will definitely try to reap benefits from the infighting that is going on inside the coalition.

The ball is now in the Speaker’s court. He has to decide about the resignation letters submitted by the MLAs. The Chief Minister has openly offered ministerial posts to the dissidents, but the situation is right now in a fluid state.

I do not think the BJP will step in quickly to induct the rebel MLAs and stake claim to form a government. If it does so, the Congress party’s charge that it was ‘poaching’ its MLAs will stick. Though the JD(S) has given a deadline to the Congress to put its house back in order, there are slim chances of the rebels returning. In such a circumstance, the Chief Minister may tender his resignation, and it would then be open to the Governor to decide the future course of action.

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Union Budget outlines PM Modi’s dreams about a New India

akb607The Union Budget presented by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Friday in Parliament was basically a budget to outline the policies and objectives of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government, now into its second term. It was a not a full budget, and many of the announcements had already been made by the then Finance Minister Piyush Goyal when he had placed the interim budget in February this year, just before the Lok Sabha polls.

The budget presented by Sitharaman outlines the electoral promises made by Prime Minister Modi, and the main focus is on ‘Gaon, Gareeb, Kisaan’ (Village, Poor and Farmers). The budget speech clearly outlines the plans to provide piped water supply to all rural households, construction of 1.95 crore houses for the poor in the next two years and measures to double the income of farmers. Let us all hope that the promises are implemented so that we can witness the emergence of a ‘Naya Bharat’.

In her budget, Nirmala Sitharaman has tried to give benefits to all sections of people, with more focus on farmers, rural households, middle and small scale entrepreneurs, startups and middle class taxpayers. The massive thrust on investment in infrastructure is surely going to generate spin off benefits to other industrial sectors, with the twin objectives of inviting massive foreign investment and giving boost to growth to provide employment.

The Finance Minister has also tried to plug loopholes leading to tax evasion by making filing of income tax returns mandatory for those who splurge money on foreign travels and hold more than Rs 1 crore in their bank accounts. Similarly, the interface between income tax officials and taxpayers will be digitalized completely, so that no taxpayer will come to know which income tax officer is assessing his or her I-T return. This will completely eliminate corruption in tax collections.

I asked Railway Minister Piyush Goyal whether the government intends to privatize Indian Railway and he emphatically ruled out the possibility. The thrust is on public private partnership to give a fillip to railway track construction, manufacturing of rolling stock and passenger freight services. On the exports front, Goyal, who holds Commerce and Industry portfolios, told me how he intends to take measures to boost exports of Indian goods and services.

Overall, Prime Minister Modi’s dream is to provide every household in the country with a house, LPG and electricity connection, toilets and piped water supply. The challenge is no doubt a very huge one, but judging by his government’s success with Ujjwala, Ujala, Mudra schemes in the last five years, I am confident that the aim is definitely achievable.

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Nitesh Rane must be punished for manhandling engineer

akb507 Nitesh Rane, the son of former Maharashtra Chief Minister Narayan Rane, assaulted and dunked a bucket of slush on a PWD deputy engineer on Thursday in Sidhudurg district while protesting delay in construction of a bridge over Gaad river.

The deputy engineer was summoned to the site of construction by Nitesh Rane, who is presently a Congress MLA, and was then manhandled. A video showed the deputy engineer, Prakash Shedekar, tied to the railing of the bridge, even as he apologized and pleaded with Rane and his supporters to set him free.

The bridge in question is to be built by National Highways Authority of India and the engineer had been sent there on deputation.

As news channels showed the video on screen, Nitesh Rane went to the local police station, where he was promptly arrested by police.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis warned that such errant behaviour would not be tolerated, while Narayan Rane apologized for his son’s behaviour. He however defended his son for protesting the delay in construction of the bridge, but said that the manhandling of the engineer was unacceptable.

This is not the first time Nitesh Rane has indulged in such acts. He had manhandled officials twice in the past. Once he had a dispute with a hotel owner and his men ransacked the hotel. Nitesh Rane had to go to jail for this incident. He had once threatened Gujaratis to leave Maharashtra.

There are several cases pending against this MLA, and it is now time that the police should place his past record before the court. Police should now ask the court to mete out prompt punishment to this VIP brat, so that a correct message is sent to all those who indulge in such behaviour.
I also demand strong action against the BJP MLA Akash Vijayvargiya, son of senior leader Kailash Vijayvargiya, who had thrashed a civic official with a bat in full public view a week ago. Even after Prime Minister Narendra Modi had publicly expressed his strong disapproval over the conduct of him and his supporters, no action has been taken so far by the party.

It may be true that people’s representatives are concerned about public welfare, but if every citizen takes the law into his own hands, then how can we claim that there is rule of law. The job of a people’s representative is to formulate laws, and not to break them.

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Congress lost LS polls because of Rahul’s ineptitude and arrogance

akb407 On Wednesday, Rahul Gandhi slammed the lid on all speculations about withdrawal of his resignation from the post of Congress President, by issuing a “farewell note” in which he said the party “needs a radical transformation” to fight BJP.

He also changed his Twitter bio and removed mention of him being the Congress President. He described himself as a member of the party and a Member of Parliament. “It would be unjust to hold others accountable, but ignore my own responsibility as President of the party”, wrote Rahul while mentioning the LS poll debacle.

“Many of my colleagues suggested that I nominate the next Congress president. While it is important for someone to lead our party, it would not be correct for me to select that person”, wrote the outgoing president.

The four-page farewell note by Rahul Gandhi took a sharp dig at some of his senior colleagues. “It is a habit in India that the powerful cling to power, no one sacrifices power. But we will not defeat our opponents without sacrificing the desire for power and fighting a deeper ideological battle.” Rahul also wrote that he had already suggested that “a group of people be entrusted with the task of searching for a new president.”

In his farewell note, Rahul Gandhi first took full responsibility for the poll debacle, and in the second page, he blamed the entire system for his defeat.

He wrote, “we didn’t fight a political party in the 2019 election. Rather we fought the entire machinery of the Indian state, every institution of which was marshalled against the opposition…A free and fair election requires the neutrality of a country’s institutions; an election cannot be fair without arbiters – a free press, an independent judiciary, and a transparent election commission that is objective and neutral.”

I strongly object to this remark by Rahul Gandhi. He has no right to castigate the media, the judiciary and the Election Commission to hide his own ineptitude. All these three pillars of democracy did their work in a fair manner, and if the voters of India are unwilling to vote for his party, he should not blame the institutions.

By blaming the entire machinery, Rahul Gandhi has overlooked the state governments in Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Punjab and Karnataka, where the Congress is in power. It was his party that won the assembly elections in these states by dislodging and BJP and its allies from power.

By saying that the “farmers, unemployed youngsters, women, tribals, Dalits and minorities are going to suffer the most” (because of Modi’s victory), Rahul Gandhi has insulted the voters of India. He has insulted India’s vibrant democracry.

Rahul must understand and admit that the farmers, youth, women, tribals, Dalits and minorities, after assessing the five-year rule of Narendra Modi made him victorious by a thumping majority, and as the leader of the oldest political party, he should humbly accept the people’s mandate. Instead of doing this, Rahul is blaming the media, the judiciary and the Election Commission for his party’s humiliating defeat.

The hard fact is that Rahul’s party lost not because of Modi, or the BJP or some scheming Congress leaders, but because of his own arrogance and the people of India has clearly rejected his leadership. The Congress party lost because of his ineptitude and stubbornness.

Rahul Gandhi should remember that millions of Congressmen toiled hard during the elections, and 10 crore voters voted for his party. By shifting the blame on his own party leaders, Rahul has insulted his own partymen.

Moreover, if Rahul Gandhi thinks that his party lost because of the institutions, then where was the necessity for him to resign? There is a clear contradiction in his views and it is better that he should realize this.

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