Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has turned towards the use of bizarre allegations during his election campaign to garner votes for his party. The recent allegation came this Sunday. He accused former prime minister Manmohan Singh, former vice president Hamid Ansari, former army chief Deepak Kapoor and a host of former senior government officials of conspiring against India with former Pakistan foreign minister, Khurshid Mahmud Kasturi, and former Pakistan Army Director General Arshad Rafique.
This is not the first time that PM Modi has indulged in baseless allegations to appease the voters of not just Gujrat but the nation itself. Back in 2015, the Prime Minister Office (PMO) signed the historic Nagaland accord with huge fanfare in front of national television. However, till date there is no record of the details of the agreement signed with NSCN (IM).
The narrative that BJP is now trying to build among the voters is painting all non-BJP parties as pro-Pakistan and cash in on the vote against pro-Pakistani sentiments. The recent election campaign has turned all about castes. Political actors within the Indian political system were quick to point out the flaw in the allegation; accusing former counterpart of treason is a huge allegation and with proof can start a legal process. However, the absence of legal action proves how baseless the claim is.
The Pakistani Foreign Office (FO) was also quick to issue a statement in this regard and urged Modi to not drag Pakistan into the electoral debate. They also advised him to win this game based on his own strength rather than fabricated conspiracies. The Indian government, especially PM Modi, should realise that such statements push the Into-Pak peace process and diplomatic talks under further duress. And creating such uncertainties will not help the nation in the long run.