Mumbai | Former President of the Jawaharlal Nehru University Student Union (JNUSU) Kanhaiya Kumar on Wednesday criticised the Narendra Modi led Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) government during his interaction with media at the Mumbai Press Club.
Raising questions over the Rafale deal Kumar asked,”Why Narendra Modi doesn’t announce the figures.” Questioning the profit made by the company of Amit Shah’s son during demonetization Kanhaiya Kumar said that those who served the Britishers earlier are now serving Ambanis.
Speaking about the ongoing situation in the country, Kanhaiya Kumar said, “It is an undeclared emergency imposed by the present government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. There is a need of political parties to come together on a common minimum programme.” Clarifying his political stand, Kumar said that he is currently a National Council member of Communist Party of India.
“I will participate in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, opposing the BJP-led government. I will continue my fight for equality because, the way the government is functioning, the constitutional democracy is in grave danger,” said Kanhaiya when asked whether he will contest the 2019 general election. He further added, “I am a strong believer of the Constitution of India and the ruling political party is distorting the constitution and are a threat to our democracy.”
Urging the opposition parties to unite against the Modi government Kumar said,”Parties that believe in Constitutional principles must come together. They must fight a political battle for this and also protect the cultural diversity and strengthen the democratic values of the country.”
Responding to the question about the attack on JNU student leader Umar Khalid, the CPI leader said, “Such attacks are aimed at confusing and silencing the critics. BJP is sending a message, if this can happen in Delhi then it can happen in Mumbai too”.“The aim behind these attacks is to deflect the attention of the people from issues like unemployment, agrarian crisis, inflation and other issues,” he added.
Kumar also commented on the recent arrest of Sanatan Sanstha and Hindu Janjagruti Samiti recruits made in the Dabholkar case. “The accused, whose sketch was issued by the CBI 5 years ago, has still not been arrested. Why were these arrests not made five years ago? It is obvious we are seeing Maharashtra police swing in action after the Karnataka Special Investigation Team begun to crack down on Kalburgi and Lankesh cases,” he questioned.