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The Congress and many other opposition parties on Saturday (15 August) questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call for ‘Self-reliant India’ and said that when the government is privatizing national assets, then talking about self-sufficient India only Is ‘rhetoric’.
Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said that it is necessary to question whether this government believes in public opinion and democracy? He told reporters, “First of all, congratulations to the countrymen on the Independence Day. Every Indian has to think what is the meaning of freedom today? Does our government believe in democracy, believe in public opinion and majority? Is there freedom to speak, think, wear clothes and earn a livelihood in this country, or is it curbed somewhere? ”
Surjewala said, “The foundation of self-reliant India was laid by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, Sardar Patel and other freedom fighters. Now when we talk of a self-reliant India, then the question has to be asked that the government which is selling PSUs and privatizing railways and airports will be able to secure the independence of this country? ”
The country’s major left parties alleged after Prime Minister Modi’s address from the ramparts of the Red Fort that Modi’s ‘New India’ is not self-reliant, but a corporate aid. Calling the people of the country to stand against the steps related to privatization of government assets, the communist parties also said that it is only through mass movement that the current government can be fought.
CPI General Secretary Sitaram Yechury said in a video conference organized by the party, “The ‘New India’ the Prime Minister talked about from the Red Fort is to deny the India which was made under the Constitution.” This India is not self-reliant, but is supportive of foreign corporates. ”He said that mass movement is the only way to deal with the attacks on the Constitution.
CPI General Secretary D Raja alleged that the earlier Prime Minister talked about his development agenda, but Modi would be remembered as a Prime Minister serving corporate interests. Significantly, on the occasion of 74th Independence Day, Prime Minister Modi stressed on making India ‘self-reliant’ and made several announcements, laying out a comprehensive framework for this. Describing “self-sufficient India” from the ramparts of the historic Red Fort as essential for the welfare of the world, he said that even the corona virus epidemic cannot deter the country from this resolution.


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