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Congress to PM: Talk about India, not Pakistan

Congress alleged that the entire focus of BJP was on diverting people’s attention from real problems
Congress communications chief Randeep Surjewala at the press conference in New Delhi on Wednesday.
Congress communications chief Randeep Surjewala at the press conference in New Delhi on Wednesday.
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Our Special Correspondent   |   New Delhi   |   Published 25.04.19, 01:41 PM

The Congress has yet again urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to speak about the real concerns of the people instead of whipping up passions and diverting people’s attention by harping on Pakistan.

Former finance minister P. Chidambaram said in a series of tweets: “Tired of listening to the Prime Minister beat his own trumpet on what he did to Pakistan. Before the campaign ends, will the Prime Minister speak on the top issues concerning the people? The top issues are: jobs, farmers’ distress and security of all sections of the people.”

The Congress veteran added: “Why is Prime Minister silent on these issues? People want to hear him speak on demonetisation, messed-up GST and the plight of MSMEs (micro, small and medium enterprises). People also want to hear the Prime Minister speak on hate speeches, especially by leaders of his own party.”

Congress communications chief Randeep Surjewala said the entire focus of the BJP was on diverting people’s attention from real problems.

He tweeted: “This is their habit. The youth is grappling with the acute unemployment problem. According to CMIE (Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy), unemployment rate is soaring in April. In the first week, it was 7.9%, second week 8.1%, third week 8.4%. Modiji will leave the country in this pitiable situation, the people will punish him for this betrayal.”

Congress president Rahul Gandhi posted a video showing a man explaining how Modi purportedly pits one section against another, along with a biting couplet in Hindi: “Haqeeqat rubaru ho toh /adakaari nahin chalti/Janata ke saamne, chowkidar /makkari nahin chalti (If you are face to face with the truth/ acting won’t help/In front of the people, chowkidar/ deceit can’t do the trick).”

The video shows a middle-aged man in the midst of a crowd telling a reporter: “Mazdoor ko kisan se lada do/Afsar ko jawan se lada do/Bharat ko Pakistan se lada do/Kabristan ko shamshan se lada do/Yeh jo dushprachar chal raha hai/ye jo inki beemari hai/Yeh Modi nahi madari hai/Inko jhooth bolne ki beemari hai/Inka pakka ilaaz karna hamari laachari hai.”

A translation: “He pits labourer against farmer, officer against soldier, India against Pakistan, burial ground against crematorium. Running a false propaganda and lying to the people is a disease and it is our compulsion to treat them properly).”

The Congress has also released two visual publicity materials that target blind loyalty for Modi, alleging that “bhakts” believe in falsehood and fuel the communal divide.

While one song explains what is “Bhakt Charitra”, another narrates the same storyline through a “Bhakt Chashma” (a loyalist’s glasses) that encourages people to see what they want instead of accepting the reality.

The “Bhakt Charitra” song explains the character of blind Modi loyalists, arguing that their beliefs and convictions are fake and hypocritical and they have been propagating the government’s lies without any application of mind.

The song refers to the communal divide and violence in the society and accuses the bhakts of using falsehood to create social tensions. It also refers to fake babas (religious figures) and Modi’s perceived elitist lifestyle despite the boast of being a “fakir” (saint).

The song goes like this: “Farzi hai, nakli hai bhakt charitra…”_

The “Bhakt Chashma” video shows how the Modi loyalists see smart cities in place of slums, hi-tech health care in crowded and dingy hospitals, and development instead of wretched poverty.

The video refers to joblessness and agrarian distress, while explaining how the bhakts defends even the compulsion of selling “_pakoda_” as gainful employment and sees a hungry farmer feasting on lavish food.

Several other smaller videos dwell on Modi’s alleged failures and the RSS’s history and portray the Congress as the saviour.

These jingles and short films will be used on television and radio apart from social media. Sources said a new set of jingles would be released after the third phase of polling.

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