WHY IS THE CONGRESS PLAY­ING SAFE ON FAKE EN­COUN­TERS?

By not tak­ing Modi head on over fake en­coun­ters, the party may be do­ing it­self a dis­ser­vice, says

Tehelka - - BATTLEGROUND GUJARAT - MUKUL SINHA

A NEW type of dis­or­der, bor­der­ing on the psy­cho­so­matic, seems to have af­flicted the Congress in Gu­jarat. Why else would it de­velop cold feet over at­tack­ing its po­lit­i­cal op­po­nent, the BJP, out of fear that the lat­ter would gain from it? For the past 10 years, the Congress has con­sciously avoided ex­pos­ing and in­dict­ing Naren­dra Modi in sev­eral cases in which Mus­lims were killed in fake en­coun­ters. For ex­am­ple, the ham-handed man­ner in which for­mer home min­is­ter Amit Shah was al­lowed to slip through the law’s net did noth­ing to in­spire con­fi­dence in the in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

The fear orig­i­nates from a no­tion that the elec­torate in Gu­jarat is highly po­larised. De­spite be­ing in power

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