I had earlier warned that ‘hunting season’ had begun. Seems the first target of the hunt was N. Srinivasan. Now that N. Srinivasan has failed to oblige our media hopefully sanity will return to people like Arnab Goswami and Rajdeep Sardesai. They can lick their wounds in peace and think of getting back to hunting Narendra Modi or some other politician from the BJP. Some of them may already have had a sneak preview of the Food Security ad under Bharat Nirman and will be hoping FSB passes in parliament so that a fresh dose of BN ads can continue. So what was this first round of hunting covering up? You guessed right; it was the Chattisgarh Maoists attack on a Congress convoy on May 25. Post the disaster TimesNow, CNN-IBN, NDTV, HeadlinesToday all rushed to Chattisgarh but none reported the story from people on the ground. None held any serious debates on the killings.
It’s now 10 days since the attack and there is no sign these cowardly channels are going to seriously discuss the Maoists issue. But there is another serious issue that concerns the Congress party. It’s about fools rushing in where angels fear to tread. In an attack like the one on the Congress convoy any mature politician would have held his horses and waited for some detailed information before mindless outrage. Not Rahul Gandhi! He rushed to Chattisgarh along with mummy and at a meeting kept asking the Chief Secretary “Who is responsible?” for the carnage, which was also an indirect question to the CM Raman Singh. It’s also important to understand that this man had no business to be in that meeting at all. But you’re a Gandhi, so everything passes. And that is not all. The Amul baby even made grandiose statements like this is an “attack on democracy, an attack on the idea of India”. My guess is he has learned to parrot these lines from TV morons.
News was already trickling in that the Maoist attack was a conspiracy by certain Congress members and there were a lot of rumours floating in the territory. So let’s help the “power is poison” fellow with some more news. This is all from Dainik Bhaskar and I just quote:
National Investigation Agency (NIA) officials on Sunday told Dainik Bhaskar that four party leaders were in 'constant touch' with Naxalites on the fateful day.
While two of the leaders are confirmed to have been were present in the convoy itself, other two at the venue of departure reportedly gave ‘running commentary’ as soon as the convoy left for Keslur town from Darbha block.
“We are investigation the call records which were made through the Jagdalpur cellphone tower. Four Congress have been identified who we believe provided minute-by-minute information to the Naxalites. Two of them were present in the convoy,” a NIA officer said.
“At present, we think that one of those in the convoy was the mastermind who planned the strike,” he added.
The suspicion over insiders being involved in the attack was first raised by Mahendra Karma’s son Deepak, who claims that such a ‘precision strike couldn’t have been possible without ‘insider inputs’… “They cannot carry out such a big operation successfully without inputs on Congress leaders' movement. This information was provided by someone who was privy to the movement plan," Deepak had alleged in a chat with Times of India. He had even asked as to who had ‘forced’ his slain father to take the same route from which he went to Darbha, revealing that Karma ‘did not use to take the same route twice’.
Our TV channels had already screamed there was intelligence failure, lack of adequate security blah, blah blah… All these normally result only in random, mindless killings. The incident on May 25 doesn’t appear to be random killing by any stretch of imagination. It seems a very well-planned attack with inside information provided to the Maoists by members from the very party which wants to play victim. I wonder if Arnab Goswami and Rajdeep Sardesai will now go after Rahul Gandhi as they did after N. Srinivasan. It will reveal a lot more than the Chattisgarh attack. It will also reveal how the Congress has directly or indirectly supported Maoist sympathisers and through that Maoist killers themselves. The BJP has even directly accused Ajit Jogi of conspiracy, something political parties normally don’t do.
They need to ask the great white hope only one question: Who is responsible, Mr.RahulG?