Caste is the primary factor that decides who will win in the elections in India. However, this is being said that religion will score over caste in upcoming assembly election in Gujarat now. After the sting operation conducted by Tehelka that ‘revealed’ the roles of the leaders of VHP, the Bajrang Dal and the BJP in the 2002 Gujarat riots.
Any kind of violence is shameful for the Indian people who believe in the Constitution and its secular ethos. But political experts are still not sure that what kind of impact the recent disclosure will have on the assembly election. in Gujarat. This is actually tough to predict. Some political experts have said that it may become just another negative point for Gujarat CM Narendra Modi but it would also help the saffron leaders to polarize Hindu votes in coming assembly election.
Tehelka Editor (Investigations) Harinder Baweja told on screen that the team has 50-hour tape recorded full of statements. But, the TV channel has showed not even 1/10th of its footage recorded in 50-hr tape. In India, hidden cameras have not yet gained credibility in the eye of the law.
People hardly believe on sting operation after the one aired by Live India in Uma Khurana episode. The government had banned the Live India news channel for one month. The Tehelka team should submit the tapes to the commission probing the Gujarat riots to decide the credential of the tapes.
I am saying here again that if this is true what the people were saying to the undercover reporter, they should be given harsh punishment but first of all let the judiciary decide what is the truth. The TV news channel cannot be a forum to decide what is truth and what is wrong.
Tehelka has indirectly claimed that Gujarat CM Modi himself wanted to take revenge of Godhra and the horrendous violence against the minority was actually the planning of state chief minister.
Gordhanbhai Zadaphia, who was ruining his political battle against Modi, will find his feet in new trouble because no party would give him the ticket in the upcoming assembly election. Eminent journalists have started saying that after the sting episode the Congress will be the biggest loser in Gujarat.
Vikram vakil said:
Modi was desperate to regain his image as a Hindutva hero ahead of election. He was losing his gleam. By using such an expose in a political battle will the Congress play into Modi’s hands? The expose might be an advantage for Modi for sure.
This is being said that Modi’s image of a champion of Hindutva will be strengthened if the sting gets enough media hype in state. Religion is now definitely going to score over caste in the state now. Modi was facing serious opposition from leaders of different castes and their stronghold regions.
The sting episode will help Modi to convince people again that he is the champion of Hindutva. Uma Bharti had also said that Modi has damaged the cause of Hindutva in the country. Rediff says that on the eve of the assembly election, the political angle will score over the human angle after the disclosure of the sting.