I feel that something should be written again on the last editorial, in which I had written 4 stories related to Narendra Modi. Out of these, on one story Rajnath Singh defended himself and his son Pankaj Singh. He said, if even one allegation against me proves to be true or if it proves true even prima facie, then I will retire from politics. But at the same time, he also said that behind all these things there could possibly be some colleague of his. He also said at one place that who will be at the number two position in the Central Cabinet, maybe behind it there could be this politics that his reputation be besmirched and at the number two position the staying of one person should be decisively assumed. However, he has now got the status of number two in the Cabinet.
The question is, between who all was the tussle for the number two position? Who should be the number two in the Cabinet, for this only two candidates were there. One, Mr. Rajnath Singh himself and the other, Finance Minister and Defence Minister of the country, Mr. Arun Jaitley. And it is not hidden from anyone in the country that for this position of number two, supporters of these two were at loggerheads with each other. Then should this be believed that against Rajnath Singh, the rumour of his son taking money in return for some work was spread by the second candidate, Arun Jaitley’s camp? This question is important because Prime Minister Narendra Modi still has to do a lot of work. Because Prime Minister Narendra Modi has to do a lot of work, that is why he will have to give
a warning to members of his Cabinet to stay alert about conspiracies- counter conspiracies of this kind, because the ill-effect of all these things falls on the credibility of the Cabinet.
We had written that the Prime Minster said to Dharmendra Pradhan that he should not have lunch too often with a businessman and sign on one file. Now we have got information from the Government itself that the person is not Dhramendra Pradhan, but is Power Minister Piyush Goyal. And the story that has come is this that Piyush Goyal was going to meet Mukesh Ambani, when on the way itself he received a call from an officer in the Prime Minister’s office and without having lunch, he had to go back and on his table there was a file, in which there was a recommendation to put a fine on Mukesh Ambani’s companies, and he had to sign it. Now the matter of correcting this truth or half- truth has also come to us from the Cabinet of the Prime Minister himself.
All these stories which are doing the rounds in South Block in the form of rumours are leaking from there and going to the social media and from there, taking on a form, are going around the whole country. This is not a matter of surprise. In all these stories, somewhere or the other there is some weight, but it is the job of Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself and even more than him, of Home Minister Rajnath Singh to see who after all is spreading these rumours.
The third and one more story-like rumour has come to us that Information Minister Prakash Javdekar was going to the airport to go out of Delhi, but he was wearing jeans and T-shirt and tinted spectacles. He again gets a call from the Prime Minister’s office that this attire doesn’t suit a Minister. Prakash Javdekar let the plane go, returned, wore a kurta, pajamas and a jacket and boarded a plane after that.
A fourth new story going around in political galleries is that Baba Ramdev wanted to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi. This incident was at the time of Cabinet formation. Narendra Modi was busy finalising the list of his Cabinet, that is why he said to his friend Amit Shah that he should talk to Baba Ramdev. Amit Shah talked to Baba Ramdev. Baba Ramdev came to Delhi to meet Amit Shah in the night itself. When Amit Shah asked the reason why ‘you were calling Modiji’, then Baba Ramdev said in a characteristic manner that 4-5 of my pupils have won the Lok Sabha elections, for whom I myself had got the ticket. Out of them 3 or 2 people should be included in the Cabinet. The news that is coming out is that Amit Shah said to him that Babaji, either you get your colleagues included in the Cabinet or else get the CBI enquiry stopped. Baba Ramdev got the signal and went back to Haridwar and he did not participate in the oath taking ceremony.
It was surprising that at a person’s oath taking ceremony for which prominent leaders of SAARC nations had come, there, Baba Ramdev who had campaigned with heart and soul to make him win, was not present! At this ceremony, Baba Ramdev’s associate — and holding position number two — Acharya Balkrishan was present, but Baba Ramdev was not there. Now it has been learnt that Baba Ramdev has been assigned Z+ category security arrangements. Baba Ramdev is totally silent these days and spends most of the time in the Patanjali ashram itself.
All these stories which are doing the rounds in South Block in the form of rumours are leaking from there and going to the social media and from there, taking on a form, are going around the whole country. This is not a matter of surprise. In all these stories, somewhere or the other there is some weight, but it is the job of Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself and even more than him, of Home Minister Rajnath Singh to see who after all is spreading these rumours. Are journalists like us spreading these rumors? Are some political parties spreading these rumours or are these rumours the result of new conspiracies in the ‘palace’ of Narendra Modi. The disclosure of this can be done only and only by
Rajnath Singh and his team.
If the team of Home Minister Rajnath Singh doesn’t reveal or disclose these conspiracies, then it means that Rajnath Singh doesn’t want to reveal or disclose these conspiracies. It gives me sorrow to see this. Conspiracies of ‘palaces’ benefit the bureaucrats. Bureaucrats use these conspiracies to create tension between Ministers and a find reason to not do their work. They not only search for reasons, but from here start making a strategy of taking or giving money themselves.
Behind all these things there is only one request, which maybe Prime Minister Narendra Modi will not hear or may hear, but the request is very clear, that if he will not intervene in this, then in his palace like Cabinet the progression of conspiracies will become even faster. For this it is important that he discloses the plans of his Ministers and gives them time to complete their targets. If his Ministers are not able to complete the targets in 365 days, then he should change the Ministers. If he doesn’t change his good for nothing Ministers, then after 365 days have passed, people will believe that Narendra Modi is showing only jugglery, is not doing any concrete work. And then this will be a point of disappointment for the country.
I would like to request Mr. Narendra Modi again that he finds out which people are at the centre of these rumours or which group it is. If that group or those people are in his own Cabinet or his own party, then he should stop them sternly, because this will affect not only the credibility of a few Ministers but will affect the credibility of the Prime Minister himself. And, at this time, there is in front of the Prime Minister, the question of saving his credibility, as well as the challenge of working for the country.