PM has turned 'Maunendra Modi' on issue of graft: Yechury
Mumbai, Aug 1: CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury today said Prime Minister Narendra Modi's has become 'Maunendra Modi' due to his "silence" over corruption and claimed that agenda of the Monday's all-party meeting, convened to break Parliamentary logjam, was not explained to him by the BJP.
The CPI(M) General Secretary blamed the BJP Government for the ongoing impasse in Parliament. The veteran Communist leader accused the Modi government of indulging in "divisive politics" and pursuing "anti-poor policies" which he said have led to drop in living standards of people in the country.
"Modi, who earlier boasted of rooting out corruption, is now silent over a series of corruption cases, including Vyapam, and charges against four Deviyan (a reference to Vasundhara Raje, Sushma Swaraj, Pankaja Munde and Smriti Irani), which has resulted in an unprecedented logjam in Parliament," the Rajya Sabha MP maintained.
"Modi has turned into 'Maunendra Modi'. It is his Government, and not us (Opposition), which is holding Parliament to ransom," the 62-year-old leader asserted. "It is the Government's responsibility to ensure that the House functions smoothly.
If the Government acts on what we have been suggesting (drop BJP Ministers facing charges), Parliament will function without any hindrance," he said.
Yechury said that he got a call to attend an all-party meet convened by the BJP-led Government to break the deadlock in Parliament, but was not specifically told about its agenda.
Teesta Setalvad, a social activist whose company is facing charges of receiving funds from abroad in violation of norms, shared the dais with CPI(M) leaders at the rally. Later, speaking to reporters, Yechury accused the NDA Government of "selectively" taking up mercy petitions of death row convicts.
This is why 1993 Mumbai blasts convict Yakub Memon was hanged while others were pardoned by the Government. "Terrorism has no link with religion and it has to be dealt strictly. But there can't be two parameters for delivering justice," said Yechury.
The CPI(M) leader was here to launch a 14-day long protest organised by his party in the BJP-ruled states. He accused the BJP governments of being "anti-poor", "anti- farmers" and "anti-adivasis".
Accusing the Modi government of practising "crony capitalism", the CPM leader said its economic policies have proved "disastrous" and aggravated the agrarian distress, leading to a significant rise in number of farmer suicides.
The Manmohan Singh government's economic policies were "bad", but those followed by the Modi administration were "worse", the Communist leader said.