Sushma Swaraj says she won’t resign. Vasundhara Raje Scindia says she won’t resign. Pankaja Munde says he won’t resign. Smriti Irani says she won’t resign.
They all say they haven’t done anything wrong. They all say they did, whatever they did, was in good faith. They say opposition is gunning with empty cartridges.
Their party is defending them.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has maintained a stoic silence on related developments. Expecting that he would word his opinion on these matters during his monthly radio talk programme, Mann Ki Baat, was just an expectation. As expected, he did not speak anything even remotely related.
Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitely and other leaders and spokespersons are busy proving innocence of the leaders in question. Yes, they know they have a tough job to do but they also know that they will get through in the prevailing political situation.
Yes, the kind of response Narendra Modi got on his electoral promises did qualify for a changed course to look the norms of political probity, something that is the normal course as the humanity defines, but the first test-case is now a missed opportunity.
The ministers in question should have resigned much earlier, taking the exit route on their own, till they came clean. Contrary to the perceptions that it would have emboldened Congress and the political opposition to charge the government even more, the move would ensured more points of political credibility for Narendra Modi.
Public’s trust in the new political entrant Aam Aadmi Party is an example of that. Yes, the AAP has come in a self-destruct mode within three years, but it won because it promised to change the course of politics to what we have forgotten – targeting corruption and following a life of probity.
Like Rahul Gandhi has missed it – like his delayed visits to farmers in Maval – like his ‘reaction’ on the Lokpal Bill – Narendra Modi, too, missed it this time. He and his government would have out stronger in both cases – if the ministers would be guilty – or they would have proven their detractors wrong – deriving strength from following what ‘is morally correct’.
©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey – https://santoshchaubey.wordpress.com/