Congress’ Spokesperson Ms. Priyanka Chaturvedi (@priyankac19) put forth certain questions to the voters who have decided to vote in support of Mr. Narendra Modi. I am using those tweets, with minor modifications, with her permission. I have also added couple of questions from my end.
I agree, if you have already made up your mind these questions does not matter. I also agree, some of these questions may be applicable to Congress Party, as well. However, I see Mr. Narendra Modi as a clear and bigger threat to the idea of India and, therefore, if your reason to consider supporting him in the coming elections is any one of the following, I request you to reconsider.
1. So you are a social liberal. How can you then support a party that supports criminalisation of gay sex?
2. So you are pro-economic reforms. How can you then support a party which opposes FDI in retail and insurance?
3. So you are pro-economic reforms. How can you then support a party which stalls GST and opposes market pricing of diesel & LPG?
4. So you are for targeted subsidies. How can you then support a party which opposes Aadhar and Direct Benefits Transfer?
5. So you are for India's energy security. How can you then support a party which opposed India-US Nuclear Deal?
6. So you are against dynastic politics. How can you then support a party which has Raman-Abhishek, Raje-Dushyant, Dhumal-Anurag etc?
7. So you are against dynastic politics. How can you then support a party which allies with Badals, Thackerays, Paswans, Bishnois etc?
8. So you abhor criminals in politics. How can you then support a party which leads % list of MPs with criminal records?
9. So you abhor criminals in politics. How can you then support a party which has 32% candidates with criminal records?
10. So you are against casteism. How can you then support a party which allies with casteist parties and highlights its PM candidate's caste?
11. So you detest corruption. How can you then support a party which has Yeddyurappa, Sriramalu and Anurag Thakur as candidates?
12. So you are for punishing rioters. How can you then support a party which felicitates rioter MLAs and gives them tickets?
13. So you for no compromises with terror. How can you then support a party which released terrorists in Kandahar?
14. So you admire Gujarat model. How can you then support a party under which 3610 farmers committed suicide between 2005 and 2012, in Gujarat?
15. So you believe in decorum in politics. How can you then support a party whose PM candidate calls his opponents Pakistani agents?
16. So you want an intelligent PM. How can you then support a party whose PM candidate makes gaffes on most basic issues and subjects?
17. So you want a communicative PM. How can you then support a party whose PM candidate holds no pressers and runs away from interviews?
18. So you want accountability from political leadership. How can you then support a party whose PM candidate didn't resign after the 2002 Gujarat riots?
19. So you want to fight corruption in government. How can you support a PM candidate who is perhaps the only current CM to have a person convicted for corruption as a minister in his cabinet?
20. So you want strong anticorruption steps. How can you support a person who stalled appointment of a Lokayukta for so long and effectively prevented any inquiry into many allegations of corruption raised against his government?
21. So you want probity from political leaders. How can you support a PM candidate whose government is accused of conducting fake encounters and stalking a young lady?
22. So you want prosperity to our people through economic growth. How about the Gujarat model that failed to improve the lives of people on all aspects of human development, despite all the tall claims of economic growth?
22. So you think UPA government was pro-rich. How come most of the richest businessmen in the country are endorsing Modi’s candidature? If UPA allowed them to profit, is it not in their interest that the same UPA government continues?
As Ms. Priyanka rightly pointed out if a person’s answer to the above questions is only a counter question “but what about this party or that party?”, then that person’s choice is not driven by any of these principles. Perhaps, that person may have other not so honorable reasons that s/he would like to admit in public, for supporting the candidature of Mr. Modi.
If you have the best interests of the Nation in your mind and have not yet pondered over these questions, and yet have decided to support Mr. Modi, perhaps you may have fallen victim to the hyped propaganda. If that is the case, you may please reconsider your choice, even now.