Why does Modi’s absence from the ‘National Integration Council’ meet have to be the center of attention, every single leader joining in the banter against Modi. UPA's Manish Tiwary went to the extent of saying - "One would expect that anybody with faith in national integration and communal harmony would participate in the efforts to strengthen them". What's with the communal overtone every time Modi is mentioned?
Lalu Prasad Yadav, well known for his comic relief in the parliament had to say – “He purposely didn't come because he didn't want to face uncomfortable questions. I see India being polarized before 2014. Amit Shah, who was the manager of Gujarat riots, is responsible for the Uttar Pradesh riots. He has now reached Bihar. I see riots across the country”.
I'd say that is pretty senseless. Then again, it comes not from the brightest and most academic of minds. Bihar might be a lot of things unsavory but it is far from polarized at the moment. Rajiv Shukla added to this whole cacophony reasoning that Modi was so egoistic that he thinks such meetings are useless.
When probed on rising onion prices, a Congress Spokesperson shouldn’t be allowed to simply say that something similar happened, more than once during Mr. Vajpayee’s rule. This isn’t an acceptable reply. This is akin to ducking a bouncer. Instead, the media must compel such politicians to play on the front foot. If the BJP under-performed during its time from 1999 to 2004, does that absolve the UPA of all its sins?