CPI(M) hits out at BJP for escalating religious tensions over Ayodhya dispute
Slamming Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his remark that the Congress had threatened the judges of the Ayodhya dispute case, CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury Monday said the BJP government in the country was "inciting religious tension" to secure vote bank.
Without naming anyone, the PM claimed that the Congress party's Rajya Sabha members, who are also lawyers, had tried to scare away the apex court judges to ensure the hearing in the cases is delayed until after the 2019 Lok Sabha election.
Addressing a press meet at Town Hall here Monday, Yechuri said, "The allegation that the opposition was interfering with court proceedings is completely unacceptable. Modi, through this statement, has given rise to a fascism trend, undermining democracy in our country."
Modi has realised that the public no longer favoured his government and that was the reason he was indulging in "hate speeches", the CPI(M) general secretary claimed.
"This is clearly a panic reaction on the part of the PM. He has clearly realised that people no longer support his government. Inciting religious passion is the only way for the BJP to consolidate the Hindutva vote bank," he said.
Yechuri also alleged that Parliament sessions were being truncated as the leaders of the BJP-led alliance at the Centre did not want to be held accountable for their failures.
Talking about the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) feud, the veteran CPI(M) leader said, "The government carried out a midnight coup against its own investigation agency. It is like (US President) Donald Trump carrying out a midnight coup against the FBI in the US."
He asserted that the action was taken to shield the Modi government, which has "failed to live up to its promises made in 2014".
The veteran leader, who was here to attend a two-day state-level party conference, iterated three slogans – "defeat the BJP and its allies", "strengthen the Left" and "work for the establishment of a secular government at the Centre" – urging people to end the NDA rule in the country.
"The DMK is influential in Tamil Nadu, while Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party have their bases in Uttar Pradesh. So, alliances would be made at a state level, depending on strength of the political parties," he said, adding that a "post-poll coalition" for the formation of a government was likely.
(With inputs from agencies.)
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