Never said Modi incorruptible: WikiLeaks
WikiLeaks has dismissed a its founder Julian Assange called Narendra Modi ‘incorruptible’ and accused a BJP leader from Maharashtra of pushing this ‘fake endorsement’
New Delhi: WikiLeaks has dismissed a its founder Julian Assange called Narendra Modi ‘incorruptible’ and accused a BJP leader from Maharashtra of pushing this ‘fake endorsement’ in support of the party’s Prime Ministerial candidate.
The whistle-blower website while denying a series of tweets, that it had called Modi ‘incorruptible’ also tweeted details of a number of observations made by the US Embassy on Modi’s leadership style in a secret cable in 2006.
The website identified Priti Gandhi, Co-Convener of Maharashtra BJP Communication Cell, as the one pushing the ‘fake endorsement’ which was latched on to by Modi’s online supporters as a high-profile acknowledgement of the BJP Prime Ministerial candidate’s credentials. Its clarification came against the backdrop of some BJP supporters circulating posters in Ahmedabad quoting Assange saying that “America is scared of Modi because he is incorruptible.” BJP, however, downplayed the WikiLeaks tweets. “We don’t need a certificate from WikiLeaks or Assange on Modiji,” BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi had said.
WikiLeaks also went on to tweet other secret cables sent by the US Embassy in 2006 which have criticized Modi’s style of functioning. “Views remain divided on whether Modi’s leadership style will help or harm him if he enters national politics. In public, Modi can be charming and likable. By all accounts, however, he is an insular, distrustful person. He reins more by fear and intimidation than by inclusiveness and consensus, and is rude, condescending and often derogatory to even high level party officials. He hoards power. One such diplomatic cable under a sub-heading “Modi’s Leadership Style” said.