Perhaps chastened by the opposition’s onslaught during a debate on tolerance BJP has issued a gag order to some of its MPs and Mantris who have infamously hogged the headlines recently.
Mantris like General VK Singh, Mahesh Sharma, Sanjeev Baliyan and MPs like Saakshi Maharaj, Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti, Subramanian Swamy, Vinay Katiyar have landed the party in a soup by making provocative statements. These Statements have undermined the PM’s development agenda and given the opposition a free hand to dismiss the NDA and the BJP as a party of intolerance.
While the BJP hopes the gag will go a long way in positioning itself as a more benign force for governance, the opposition has laughed off the diktat.
Rahul Gandhi has termed the BJP’s move a ‘lip service’. In the Lok Sabha he reminded the BJP of VK Singh’s obnoxious ‘Dalit Dog’ anology saying that if the PM and the party were so concerned about propriety and tolerance they would have acted against VK Singh.
In other words Rahul implied that action not advisories are the need of the hour.
The obvious question then is: Will a gag order make India more tolerant?
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