(Nice amusing cartoonscape by Surendra in ‘The Hindu’ dated 9 April 2007 )
Time for yet another controversy – this time involving the saffron party. Problems cropped from a CD that contains inflammatory materials and supposed to have been circulated by BJP as part of its electoral campaign in UP.
In The Hindu Newspaper dated 8 April 2007, the text version of the controversial CD was on print. Contents of the CD, if it had indeed been circulated by the saffron party members, were really shocking. Derogatory remarks were made against the Muslims. Some remarks like the Muslim women were machines to produce children and the killing of cows by the Muslims, seriously questions the basis of democracy in India. Everyone here, irrespective of their caste and creed, must be assured a quality living. This quality living not just includes the amenities but also the status in the society. But the contents were projecting the Muslims as the enemies of the Hindus and their presence in India as a curse.
If the accusation on the BJP is indeed proved, then the Election Commission must definitely put curbs on BJP contesting the elections. An ideal ruling party should be indifferent to caste and creed, weighing everyone on the same scale. But the attitude of the saffron party, if proved, is a threat to the democratic India. Election Commission has done just the right thing by issuing a show cause notice to BJP. Also the FIR issued against the party president is justified, as he is responsible for all the party’s activities. He cannot shy away trying to put the blame on the party members. Only in difficult times like this, the character of the party president is put to test. If the accusation is proved, he must take the responsibility and cleanse the party image. As of this writing, the court has stayed the case for a couple of days. I am just wondering what would be fate of BJP in the UP elections. With opposition demanding a CBI inquiry into the case, we might have to keep our fingers crossed for the next few days!!