Parliament at risk of redundancy: Raja

Expressing apprehension that the Parliament would become redundant under the Narendra Modi government, Communist Party of India (CPI) general secretary D. Raja said that subtle and sinister attempts to subvert the Constitution are being made. Addressing a meet the press event at the Kesari hall here on Monday, he said the recent byelection results in Kerala showed that the LDF was consolidating its position and the people were keeping faith in it.

“The Modi government came to power with the slogan of minimum government, maximum governance. Today, the Parliament is becoming minimum, in a way that there is apprehension that it may become redundant. If that happens, democracy will die in India. Even the state of the economy, and the ongoing slowdown, has not been debated in Parliament. Demonetisation has brought disaster to the economy, leading to job losses. Modi has now stopped talking about job creation. He now talks about wealth creators, which includes only the big business groups. The ‘sabka saath’ rhetoric is meant to deceive people, while the government is in reality ‘corporate ka saath,’ said Mr. Raja.

He said that the recent Assembly elections in Haryana and Maharashtra were a blow to the BJP and its allies. “The BJP may through some manipulations form a government in both these States, but it is clearly a verdict against them. Modi and Shah had campaigned on issues like Article 370 and NRC. In Lathur, which has witnessed the highest number of farmer suicides, the Shiv Sena was pushed to third, behind NOTA, reflecting the people’s anger. These election results are an indication that the fall of the BJP has begun,” he said.

Mr. Raja said the government’s claims of normalcy in Kashmir do not correspond to the ground reality in the State, where people are kept at gunpoint.

‘Lies unleashed’

“The government has unleashed several lies regarding the abrogation of Article 370 as part of a Hindutva agenda. Amit Shah went to northeast and claimed that the government would uphold Article 371, which is also ‘temporary’ like Article 370. This is the sheer duplicity of the BJP-RSS combine. They also make the false claim that Sardar Patel and Ambedkar, who were very much part of the process of incorporation of Article 370 into the Constitution, were opposed to the same. Under Article 370, Kashmir became the first State to implement land reforms. If you take human development indices, Kashmir does not lag behind any other State, particularly Gujarat,” he said.

Mr. Raja called upon all those who believe in democracy, secularism and constitutional morality to stand up against the RSS-controlled government. He underlined the need for unity of Left parties, which have been consistent in their fight against communal, fascist forces.

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