news Thursday, June 25, 2015 - 05:30
The calls for him to speak about it have grown louder. He has not, as yet. The Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been uncharacteristically silent on the entire Lalit Modi-Vasundhara Raje-Sushma Swaraj episode. Documents from 2011 endorsing Lalit Modi’s application to stay on in the UK with the Rajasthan CM Raje’s signatures have been made public by Times Now. The chorus for a response from the PM and calling for Raje’s resignation has grown louder. On the 40th anniversary of the Emergency, The Telegraph had this on their front-page.     The caption to the picture says it all, and the newspaper carried Raje’s signature from an election affidavit from 2003 to show that the handwriting had indeed matched. What is interesting though is the way in which the mainstream media has started to question the PM. The headlines seem to have gotten bolder and the anchors on prime-time louder, where the PM is concerned. The Delhi-based parties including the Congress and the AAP have expectedly latched on to the “first scam” of the Modi government. And on the day the Emergency was declared 40 years ago, The Indian Express carried a rude reminder on its front page too. It would seem the media is not backing down from sending out missives to the PM.     A pattern of dissent seems to be growing. Senior leaders LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Yashwant Sinha have all recently been leaking headlines left, right and centre. According to the latter, “All those who are above the age of 75 were declared brain dead on May 26, 2014,” he told the NDTV on Wednesday. On the NewsHour, Editor-in-chief of Times Now Arnab Goswami addressed GVN Narasimha Rao of the BJP towards the fag-end of the debate. “It is important to hear the views of the Prime Minister on various other issues,” Goswami said. “What is the Prime Minister’s view (on the issue), can you tell us?” Video of YgwB29LptvU The point Goswami was trying to make was that the BJP had gone after the Congress on every scam, and had made it a topic to ask the former PM “Maun”mohan Singh (“maun” in Hindi means mute) to respond to each issue. While pictures of the PM doing Yoga were doing much the rounds on Sunday, his party has increasingly been under fire as the week has gone on. He can undoubtedly send out a Tweet if he may. Will the PM finally have his say?
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