NEW DELHI: Revelations made by three top Home Ministry officials have reinforced that Congress targeted Narendra Modi through the Ishrat Jahan case, two pro-RSS journals claimed wondering if P Chidambaram was alone in this "political conspiracy" or a "puppet".
"The ghost of Ishrat Jahan encounter carried out in 2004 continues to haunt the politics of Bharat. This time it is troubling former Home Minister P Chidambaram and his masters in Congress. At least three top officials, who served in the Ministry during the UPA government, have indicted Chidambaram in delinking Ishrat from the terrorist outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba.
"These revelations have reinforced the theory of political conspiracy by the Congress and Chidambaram to target the then Chief Minister of Gujarat Narendra Modi through the Ishrat case," the cover article in 'Organiser' said.
"Is it Chidambaram alone or someone above him? Did Chidambaram act as a 'Puppet on a Chain'? The skeletons have started tumbling out of the cupboard. Only time will tell who are the 'real players' behind the entire conspiracy," it said.
The article, "The Ishrat Cover Up-Damning Designs", quoted Hitler's Propaganda Minister Goebbels's phrase "Repeat a lie a thousand times and it becomes the truth" and said Congress has done the same in Ishrat case to target Modi.
"In a similar way the Congress party in a free, democratic India dipped into the idea to target its apparently strongest opponent Narendra Modi, who was then the Chief Minister of Gujarat," it said.
The article alleged the state machinery under UPA regime demoralised honest intelligence agency officials, sent some behind bars on false charges, spread canards in public, fed 'false stories that looked genuine' to media and as per Mani's latest statement - even went on to torture him, an upright bureaucrat of MHA to coerce him to change his original stand and sing to the tunes of his bosses.
"The North Block that houses Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) became the hub of conspiracy led by none other than the then Home Minister P Chidambaram," it claimed.
"Congress like Goebbel, propagated falsehood to tarnish his (Modi's) image and gain politically. It dubbed Modi as 'Gujarat's butcher', 'killer' and what not only to turn falsehood look like truth and gained. Even after Modi got a clean chit from court, he did not get relief from this hate campaign," the article in 'Panchjanya' said.
The 'Organiser' alleged that the UPA government "used every possible illegal, immoral, unethical means and the State power for political reasons to tarnish the reputation" of Modi.
"All of this was aimed at stopping the rising popularity of Modi and to ensure that he didn't get the chance to contest consecutive elections, especially the general election of 2014," it said.
According to the journal, what Congress-led UPA government wanted to hide and put the entire blame on Modi and BJP President Amit Shah, has boomeranged.
"The Congress and its former Home Minister P Chidambaram have got exposed with the latest revelations from the then Home Secretary GK Pillai, former Under Secretary (Home) RVS Mani and former IB Special Director Rajendra Kumar."