Syed Zafar Mahmood , a renowned critic of Gujarat Chief Minister,Narendra Modi,presented a slide show at the Young Indian Leaders Conclave, touching upon various aspects of problems being faced by Muslims and the 2002 riots, in front of the Gujarat CM and said he was happy that his views were taken in stride. His presentation was to explain why is the Muslim Community of the country heavy-hearted with BJP and Modi. Modi assured to consider the issues presented.
The ghost of 2002 Gujarat riots has haunted Modi since a decade now. And it is the same ghost which has become a major threat for him to even think about the Prime Ministerial post.Convincing the Muslim Community to ease themselves against him is the only way out. After all,the path to Delhi can never be set without the support of the major Minorities.
Congress indicates , Manmohan may serve third term if UPA wins , while Rahul is not being kept totally away from the gossip on the topic.On the other side, BJP is also yet to clear its stands on whether Modi is the prime ministerial candidate for NDA or not. To add on, Mulayam Singh’s re-indication of formation of a Third-Front by the year end, is adding on to the confusion.
It all looked like,Rahul Vs Modi,till 2012 but now things are getting blur. No matter what the combination may come out as, one thing is assured,with Modi proving to be the most suitable Prime Ministerial candidate amongst any names we take throughout the country , it would never be easy for Rahul Gandhi to get the seat without proving his worth,ever.
BJP the major opposition party is struggling for a leader with L.K Advani, Narendra Modi and Nitin Gadkari being three bosses running in their own directions and to add on NDA ally party JD(U)’s Nitish Kumar is also hopeful of being the candidate and he has been constantly discouraging Narendra Modi’s candidature ! It looks like a rat race so far !
As per Nitish Kumar , NDA needs a candidate for the post of Prime Minister who has a secular thought. Obvious enough Narendra Modi the aspirant from BJP does not fall in the category and the next available option would be Nitish himself,for NDA. His achievements as a Chief Minister and a ‘secular’ stamp in political world makes him a tough contender along with Narendra Modi to be considered for the post. But as one alliance cannot be represented by two candidates chances are that NDAs old ally JD(U) may split away. On the other hand BJP has almost cleared its stand on the Prime Ministerial Candidate issue by blindly supporting Narendra Modi and indicating his preference over Nitish for the PM poll.
2014 Polls – Probable Candidates for the Post of Prime Minister of India:
It is anticipated that 2014 elections in India would be a choice of the nation between Rahul Gandhi and Narendra Modi from Congress and BJP respectively.
Congress does not have any better face than Rahul Gandhi, to offer and so is with major opponent party BJP where Narendra Modi is the only face popular enough to attract a change of thought among voters. Rahul Gandhi seems very promising and Narendra Modi has already set an example of his qualities, vision and spotless , true Chief Minister of Gujarat.
Here is a slight comparison:
Political Party – Congress
Born in Delhi on 19 June 1970(Age – 41 plus)
Educational And Professional Background
He has obtained a M.Phil from Trinity College, Cambridge University in 1995.
After he completed graduation, Rahul worked at the Monitor Group, a management consulting firm, in London and in 2002 he was one of the directors of Mumbai based technology outsourcing firm.
Son of Rajiv and Sonia Gandhi.Belongs to the popular Nehru-Gandhi Family.
Official Entry in Politics.
In March 2004, Rahul declared entry into politics. He contested in May 2004 elections, standing for the constituency of Amethi in Uttar Pradesh in the Lok Sabha and won.
He was appointed General Secretary of the All India Congress Committee and also in-charge of the Indian Youth Congress and the National Students Union of India on 24 September 2007 and under him, the Indian Youth Congress and NSUI has gathered huge members rising from two to twenty-five lakhs.However,it has been proved in various reports that he failed to eliminate family, patronage, money from Youth Congress asking aspiring delegates to pay a substantial nomination fee.
In the 2009 Lok Sabha elections, he retained his Amethi constituency and Congress is said to have brought back itself in Uttar Pradesh by winning 21 out of 80 Lok Sabha seats. The credit goes mostly to Rahul.
He has always condemned “divisive” politics in India, saying that he would reduce tensions prevailing due to caste and religious diversities in India.
Rahul Gandhi has always been critical towards nationalist group Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) comparing the organization with terrorist organizations like SIMI.
Wikileaks, in 2009, revealed he allegedly shared concerns with the American ambassador,Timothy Roemer that radicalized Hindu groups may become a bigger threat to India than Islamic terror groups.
Political Party – Bharatiya Janata Party
Born on 17 September 1950( Age – 61 plus)
Educational And Professional Background
Holds Masters degree in Political Science from Gujarat University.
As a teenager Narendra Modi used to run a tea stall with his brother.
Narendra Modi was born to a middle class family.
Entry in Politics.
During the 1965 Indo-Pak war, he volunteered to serve the soldiers in transit at railway stations.
He joined the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad, a student organization .
He was later nominated as representative of AVBP in the Bharatiya Janata Party.
He is a member of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).
He was chosen to be the Chief Minister of Gujarat after the removal of chief minister Keshubhai Patel in 2001.
He has a personal staff of just three people and is known to be a workaholic.
Since he held the Chief Minister’s post , development of Gujarat State accelerated its pace and his contribution is immense. Gujarat has been one of the most prosperous Indian state since he has become the Chief Minister. He is thoroughly credited for his efforts in tis regards.
After the 2002 Gujarat riots, forced by the allied parties, BJP asked Modi to resign.He submitted his resignation and recommended the dissolution of Legislative Assembly and in the following state re-elections BJP won 127 seats in the 182-member assembly and Modi was the Chief-Minister once again.
Narendra Modi Government won 122 out of 182 seats in 2007 elections.
The 2002 , Gujarat Riots earned him blames of inaction over the riots and for encouraging them where almost 1200 people mostly Muslims died. The riots had taken place after 59 Hindus died when a Muslim mob burnt a train carrying hindu pilgrims.
He ordered the demolition of many Hindu temples that were built without proper government sanction and hence faced criticisms.
He is one of those leaders who believes in development and promotes business and industries with an open mind.
He supports revival Anti-Terror Legislations.
Gujarat is a no-alcohol state under his governance.
To sum it up, Narendra Modi with his ideologies, vision and work has set clear example of his capabilities. Gujarat is the proof. His decisions are firm and he has an uncorrupt picture, till date. However, his picture as a communal leader is a matter of concern for the muslim population of India.
On the other hand Rahul Gandhi is yet to prove things. He has mostly been seen as the cribbing child complaining about the BSP government of Uttar Pradesh where he holds his seat.
It is a fact that even after being in the ruling party of the nation, Congress leaders are always occupied explaining and justifying and making promises. No humongous development has taken place since Congress came to power. On the contrary there has been price-hike be it petrol or food. Stands have not been clear on national security issues and issues related to Indian and Chinese borders and Chinese intrusions. Terror attacks are condemned and forgotten but no effective measures have been taken so far.
The UID card has been an utter failure which has been declared by one of the leaders of Congress itself. Hundreds of crores of money seem to be going down the drain if it is finally declared the UID card is inappropriate technically and incapable ID and Address proof for Indians.
In such scenario, it would be astonishing if Rahul Gandhi’s magic works for Congress. He may be the most eligible bachelor of India but how good would he be as a leader is yet unknown and there might be some people who might love to give him a chance and thereby support Congress in the 2014 elections.
BJP on the other hand cannot just bank upon Narendra Modi and his Gujurat achievements to win 2014 elections. Acquisitions of being corrupt has been put on both Congress and BJP MLAs and leaders. Though Narendra Modi is clear of any monetary corruption issues , his image as a Hindu Leader and allegations of 2002 Gujurat riots will surely distract the muslim population and the population considering him communal.
Both Narendra Modi and Rahul Gandhi are visionary leaders and very impressive speakers but while Narendra Modi has already shown his worth on state – level, Rahul Gandhi has yet and a lot to do. Well the communal picture of BJP and Modi is the major disadvantage of Narendra Modi which may work for Congress and Rahul Gandhi’s benefit.
Now it would be the results of 2014 elections which would clear out whether the nation is willing to experiment with yet another young Gandhi or they would prefer Modi who has been a true leader in terms of development but has failed miserably as a leader of all but the muslims of India.