Blame games and name calling are part of politics accepted by all. But where do you draw a line? BJP supporter Amit Shah drags in an iconic freedom fighter Mahatma Gandhi and calls him “chatur baniya”. Congress’ Sandeep Dikshit thinks that the country’s army chief is “sadak ka goonda”. Dare we say that the men representing the society fail to bring substance into their politics?
Rajdeep Sardesai has now made a powerful statement, suggesting the politicians to shift their focus on important issues. The escalation of this matter has turned it into a national debate which steals attention from graver issues to come to the forefront.
— India Today (@IndiaToday) June 13, 2017
“Sandeep Dikshit’s comment on Army chief was in poor taste and entirely avoidable. That he has apologized is good. For the BJP to now seek an apology from the Congress leadership is to needlessly politicise the issue. Should Amit Shah then apologize for calling Mahatma a ‘chatur baniya‘. This country has bigger issues to deal than such petty squabbling.”
Sandeep Dikshit is the former Congress MP and Delhi’s former chief minister Sheila Dikshit’s son who recently grabbed headlines for calling the Army Chief General Bipin Rawat a goon.
Ours is not a mafia army like the Pakistani army which makes statements like the goons on the street. It looks bad when our Army chief gives a statement like a sadak ka goonda.
As the statement was of objectionable nature, the matter escalated. Though Sandeep Dikshit realized his mistake and apologized, the BJP supporters are demanding an apology from Congress party head Sonia Gandhi.
I have reservations on a comment of the Army Chief, but I should have chosen appropriate words. I apologise
— Sandeep Dikshit (@_SandeepDikshit) June 11, 2017
What’s wrong with Congress Party?
How dare Congress call Indian Army Chief as “Sadak Ka Gunda”!!
— Kiren Rijiju (@KirenRijiju) June 11, 2017
In the classic Congress versus BJP, citizens of the country will be the real losers for having so much time and attention wasted on needless political drama. True, regardless of their political affiliations, politicians need to apologize for a number of scams, scandals, and statements, not to anyone else but to the people.