Much like Moses' 10 commandments or Buddha's five precepts, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday laid down a seven-point code of conduct for BJP leaders to follow ahead of the crucial UP polls in 2017.
According to The Times of India, Modi became emotional for a few seconds during his speech and said, "For us, power is not happiness, but responsibility. For that... every moment, every bit of our lives should be dedicated to achieve this. Shivaji's life was selfless... his commitment was real, I draw my inspiration from Shivaji. I have pledged to devote every bit of my body to the country."
Another Indian Express report said that the prime minister even read out a letter which Bharatiya Jana Sangh leader Deendayal Upadhyaya had written to his uncle, asking his family not to criticise him for devoting all his time to service for the nation.
"The country needs to be strengthened. People are not happy with mere slogans, their concern is about the country being strengthened," the reported quoted the PM as saying.
Modi's remarks come at a time when Maharashtra minister Eknath Khadse's resignation due to corruption charges caused a lot of embarrassment to the BJP.
Here is a look at what the seven points of Modi's code of conduct are and how BJP leaders had earlier violated those points:
When one talks about service for the nation, one imagines a leader with humility who genuinely works for the welfare of the people. But BJP MP Sakshi Maharaj is anything but humble.
In May, he had been booked for allegedly using foul language and threatening police officials while addressing a rally in Mainpuri. Maharaj had allegedly used abusive language against police officials and had threatened to "take revenge" if BJP came to power in the state after the 2017 Assembly polls.
If you thought Sakshi Maharaj asking Hindu women to bear four women children was the very opposite of 'balance' in a country with a population crisis, Birbhum BJP joint district president Shyamal Goswami went even a step further.
He had asked Hindu women to bear five children “to protect Hinduism”. "I want to tell my Hindu mothers and sisters that if they don’t have five children, there will be no equilibrium in India in future. Don’t misunderstand me. To protect Hinduism and Sanatan Dharma, it is necessary for all Hindus to give birth to five children," PTI had quoted him as saying.
The serious allegations against Eknath Khadse which led to his resignation show that he maybe did not really understand or give importance to restraint.
Khadse’s wife and son-in-law reportedly acquired a three-acre plot in Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC), Bhosari, from Abbas Ukani, a 90-year-old resident of Kolkata for just Rs 3.75 crore. The compensation was fixed, by Khadse’s own earlier admission, by him at a meeting in his office between the buyers and seller as, “per the ready reckoner rates”.
One of the most hilarious incidents of lack of co-ordination had actually taken place between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and a teleprompter.
While greeting visiting Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and his wife in February 2015, Modi had committed quite a gaffe, by calling the visiting first lady, M.R.S. Sirisena, not realising that the teleprompter was actually to trying tell him about Mrs Sirisena.
Last year, after 48 deaths connected to the Vyapam scam had been reported, instead of actually providing some constructive assurance to the people, Madhya Pradesh BJP chief Nandkumar Singh Chauhan had been quoted by The Times of India as saying, "Hamey Vyapam ko lekar koi afsos nahi hai (we've no regret over the Vyapam scam)."
Some of the most insensitive remarks were made by BJP leaders after the infamous Dadri incident, in which a man was killed by a mob on rumours of cow slaughter.
One of most outrageous remarks was made by Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar. "Muslims can continue to live in this country, but they will have to give up eating beef," Indian Express had quoted Khattar as saying last year.
He also said that the Dadri incident was the "result of a misunderstanding" and "both sides" were at fault.
BJP faced a lot of criticism related to lack of communication after the suicide of Dalit scholar Rohith Vemula, which led to a series of anti-government protests in the country.
In fact, Vemula's mother herself had claimed that Smriti Irani had lied in the Parliament while making a statement on the research scholar's suicide.
"Smriti Irani, this is not a serial, this is real life. Bring out the facts, don't fabricate them," NDTV had quoted Vemula's mother as saying.
She had also accused Irani of deliberately not talking about a letter which Vemula had written to the Hyderabad University days before his suicide, in which he had alleged discrimination and asked for poison.
These commandments, if implemented by the BJP, could truly herald the start of acche din. Or not. Whatever.
With inputs from agencies
First Published On : Jun 14, 2016 14:33 IST