Rajiv Gandhi has been a hot topic in the 2019 parliamentary elections. The ex-prime Minister who was executed in 1991 in self destruction bomb attack has been labeled as “corrupt no.1” by Narendra Modi at a campaign rally in Uttar Pradesh. This has produced an unmatched outcry among the opposition parties. Addressing a gathering in Pratapgarh Uttar Pradesh, Narendra Modi aimed at Congress chief’s father Rajiv Gandhi and said that, “Your father was designated ‘Mr. Clean’ by his followers, but his life ended as ‘Bhrashtachari No.1 or corrupt No. 1."
Narendra Modi was certainly not speaking without reference. His statement came against the background of the Congress party endless attacks against him on alleged malfeasance in the Rafael fighter jet deal and Rahul Gandhi’s election catch phrase “chowkidaar chor hai” where chowkidaar refers to Narendra Modi. While Congress chief’s looter slander against him is not new, the instant provocation for Narendra Modi seems to be an interview of Rahul Gandhi to a journal where he bragged about “tearing apart” Modi’s anti- corruption image and ripping it into scraps.
While attacking the Congress chief’s father Rajiv Gandhi, Narendra Modi said that the interview makes it limpid that the Gandhi’s successor only intention was to tarnish his image somehow. By pitching abuses, you cannot convert 50 long years of Modi’s tapasya or struggle into filth. Modi’s attack on Rajiv Gandhi has stimulated a huge row resulting in criticism from recognized leaders and even from those who backed BJP. P. Chidambaram, Former union minister said that Modi’s statement stinks of desperation. He asserted that no religion permits anyone to speak malice about the dead person.