Read my lips: Rahul Gandhi has nothing ‘explosive’ against Narendra Modi

Indian politics is nothing if not about brazening it out. And for that the Congress vice-president's speeches, objections and interjections have to be a little more than mystery wrapped in enigma.

Written by Shantanu Datta | Updated: December 15, 2016 4:20 pm
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Read my lips. If Rahul Gandhi’s specially called press conference on Wednesday offered any takeaway, that was the only thing for me. Wow, I thought, that’s as close to Hollywood as you get in or around Parliament. For the record, I ignored Rahul’s “(will burst his) balloon” part, which BJP spokesperson GVL Narasimha Rao latched on to, reading it by the line and then dictating an eminently forgettable quote to the TV channels (including using the word inanity, which I am sure few outside Op-Ed page writers use these days).

I listened to Rahul with rapt attention. I even watched the few sarkari ads telling you about the merits of cashless transactions. Ads that may even drive a regular person to commit suicide or homicide – – they are that boring. That was before they cut to Rahul’s short address at Jantar Mantar. I was all ears. Will he say something?

Nopes. He made the same assertion. A variation of which he has made on several occasions in the last few days.

But still, since I read his lips closely, I thought about it for nearly 24 hours. What is this “personal corruption” of the Prime Minister? And as supporters and opponents fought on social media – – why should he invite defamation suit, he will speak in the House, just you see, contended the former; versus assorted Pappu jokes by the latter – – I drew three conclusions.

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1. That he perhaps has nothing earth-shattering to explode. If he had it, and if it actually “terrifies” Narendra Modi, as Rahul claimed, he would have said it outside. Without himself being, apparently, terrified of a defamation suit.
If the allegations stick (and read my lips now, I say allegation, and not a definitive “expose”, as Rahul claimed, which a much much taller warrior like Prashant Bhushan has been unable to inflict), and there is no reason why it should not in this market where everyone is ready to buy anything (including WhatsApp forwards), it’s a win-win for the Congress ahead of the poll season. If it doesn’t, bad luck. Move on. As everyone does in Indian politics.

2. That Rahul believes there is a real threat of defamation, if he makes the charges outside. So he needs the immunity. And for that I could have simply smirked and quoted Sholay: jo darr gaya, samjho mar gaya – – applicable to both street fighting and stage fighting. But, still, correct me if I am wrong, in India defamation cases drag on, and on. So there would be little time Rahul actually would have spent in court, thereby apparently wasting time that could otherwise be spent in campaigning.

In fact, Rahul himself had said he would be happy to “expose” the RSS in court in the case related to MK Gandhi’s assassination. So he appeared to have apologised initially, and then retracted in court. Apparently to expose the RSS while defending his assertion in another court.

If this explosive stuff against Modi is waiting only for Parliament, I can only conclude that there isn’t enough explosive masala in it to score political points in court in case of a case of defamation. And the date inside the House is unlikely to come. At least in this session. Given the trust deficit between the government and the opposition, there is little chance he will get any chance in the one day left.

3. That he has not arrived at the kind of confidence in himself as a politician that a Modi or a Mamata Banerjee or even a relative novice such as Arvind Kejriwal has. Modi has as good as implied that everyone in the Opposition, more so the Congress, because most of his charges are against that party, and more so against the “maa-beta” team, is opposing demonetisation because they are corrupt. The Opposition, for days, wanted Modi to apologise for that in House. Which even the Opposition knew he would never do.

Mamata and Kejriwal, too, have made all kinds of allegations against Modi and BJP in the wake of demonetisation exercise. Did the Congress, or any opposition party, file a case against Modi, or some his ministers, who have made the same allegation more openly? Or, has the BJP taken Mamata or Kejriwal to court (in recent pre-poll-season instances)?

Indian politics is nothing if not about brazening it out. And for that the Congress vice-president’s speeches, objections and interjections have to be a little more than mystery wrapped in enigma. Or whatever that riddle is.

PS: What happens if he actually has something, and actually exposes Modi? Then I will stand exposed. Until then, it’s words against words. Fighting a dodgy battle even as the real people fight the real battle against cash crunch somewhere out there.

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First Published on: December 15, 2016 4:00 pm
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    Anif
    Dec 16, 2016 at 12:42 pm
    Time for trip to Bangkok Papu and regenerate with sandwiches!
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      Amit
      Dec 16, 2016 at 3:59 am
      "Lick my Italian A ss" what this joker desires from all his party slaves and pressutes
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        Amit
        Dec 16, 2016 at 4:00 am
        All drama just to wash out the winter session.
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          Amit
          Dec 16, 2016 at 4:05 am
          Female version of Robert Vadra
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            avi
            Dec 15, 2016 at 9:21 pm
            Aree Batey Ghabrao Nahin ! Sharam Mat Karo ! Bolo Tou Sahiee !
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              V.Devaraju
              Dec 15, 2016 at 12:52 pm
              RaGa will never grow is amply proved by his recent Balloon earthquate etc matter. I am wondering why seniors in his party control him. His mother from Italy should step in and save his son. By allowing this fellow this sort of non sense utterancess, nothing is gained by congress and RaGa. God save this child.
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                Dev Verma
                Dec 15, 2016 at 2:30 pm
                Excess of everything is bad and rahul is over board for nothing making self look like an of no sense. He deserve to be in closet for good.
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                  DavePh
                  Dec 15, 2016 at 5:30 pm
                  #RaGaBuffoon is exposing his intellectual bankruptcy once again. Such ludicrous attempts to defame PM Modi is going to sound the death-knell of Congress.
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                    Bitter truth
                    Dec 15, 2016 at 4:22 pm
                    What is more there about Feku remaining to be exposed after getting banned from the civilized world and after getting so many clean cheats? His supporters are supporting a rabid fascist ideology and not necessarily him. Let him say BJP will not build a Ram Temple and will cancel reservation, then 60% of support will vanish overnight.
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                      dinesh
                      Dec 16, 2016 at 4:57 am
                      pappu , my son did you even read the name on top of those papers?Are you sure that -your name or mummy's name is not there? Pl do your homework this time --ok--sabash pappu--i know you can do it.
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                        Dipak
                        Dec 16, 2016 at 4:05 am
                        Rahul hi is an . He was thrown out of Harvard and University of South Florida. He went to Cambridge to get a Gentleman's P. He thinks he has a MPhil degree, just in his empty head.
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                          romi
                          Dec 15, 2016 at 5:05 pm
                          Rahul pls ask rakhi swant to read your lips she is good at it and much more
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                            romi
                            Dec 15, 2016 at 5:05 pm
                            Rahul pls ask rakhi swant to read your lips she is good at it and much more
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                              romi
                              Dec 15, 2016 at 5:04 pm
                              looks like before going for election campaign kejri outsourced his anti modi campaign to Rahul hi who as usual faithfully followed until kejri himself challenged Rahul lt;br/gt;to comeout with evidence lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;there where Rahul got lost and realized that kejri made him a bekra
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                                romi
                                Dec 15, 2016 at 5:04 pm
                                looks like before going for election campaign kejri outsourced his anti modi campaign to Rahul hi who as usual faithfully followed until kejri himself challenged Rahul lt;br/gt;to comeout with evidence lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;there where Rahul got lost and realized that kejri made him a bekra
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                                  romi
                                  Dec 15, 2016 at 5:07 pm
                                  this guy needs to get married and then probably will mature up lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt; his wife can also teach him more about lips
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                                    romi
                                    Dec 15, 2016 at 5:07 pm
                                    this guy needs to get married and then probably will mature up lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt; his wife can also teach him more about lips
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                                      Sreenivasan
                                      Dec 16, 2016 at 9:46 am
                                      As far as we know him, he has not indulged in any useless talk in politics. He has something in hand. Hence the PM says, we must meet regularly (to discuss and sort out differences?). Mr RG must be waiting for a better timing. PM has not challenged him to reveal what it is (only his partymen has).
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                                        Guest4321
                                        Dec 15, 2016 at 1:56 pm
                                        Let us recall Rahul hi's father rajiv hi saying nani yaad kara denge to USA.lt;br/gt;Also he once said, hum Chahe jeete ya loosen.lt;br/gt;In Rajasthan, he went about talking about doodh dubble roti in villages.lt;br/gt;Rahul also did Aaloo ki factory
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                                          Ajay
                                          Dec 16, 2016 at 4:53 am
                                          These guys' differences are for public consumption. Both know, Change is in evitable. They want to rule by turn and keep others out. Privately, both must be laughing at voters.
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                                            Ajay
                                            Dec 16, 2016 at 4:55 am
                                            You mean Modi ! Yes he must get married. They rule better.
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