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Congress’s manifesto is revised by Modi: M K Stalin, Tamil Nadu’s chief minister

M K Stalin

Congress’s manifesto is revised by Modi: M K Stalin, Tamil Nadu’s chief minister

M K Stalin
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The Prime Minister of India, Mr. Narendra Modi, willingly took on the duty of rewriting the Congress manifesto in order to include his innermost views and thoughts that he believes will enhance the political discourse. This was an unparalleled show of goodwill and cooperation. That’s the most understanding interpretation of the past week that I can muster.

This is a development with a fascinating backstory. Close political observers have seen that Mr. Modi was not pleased with the manifesto that the BJP, led by the culpable Mr. Rajnath Singh, had produced since the document was made public on April 14. The committee subtly admitted that the document was a celebration of the brilliance of a single individual who constituted the “core of the party,” rather than a political party programme. The document was referred to as Modi ki Guarantee by the committee as a sign of respect.

Mr. Modi was unable to disparage the Modi ki Guarantee or accuse the drafting committee of being incompetent or acting with malice. Captured, Mr. Modi made the decision to use the Congress manifesto and increase its exposure and reading by offering his analysis of it. This was consistent with the illustrious literary traditions of India, where commentary grew in significance over the original works.

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