Panaji: Senior Congress leader Anand Sharma on Sunday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other central ministers of misusing government machinery vis-à-vis the Lok Sabha elections.
Addressing media persons in the Congress House in the city, Sharma alleged that there has been blatant misuse of central government machinery, including income-tax authorities, investigating agencies, to target Opposition leaders.
The raids that have been conducted are unprecedented in the democratic setup, he reckoned, adding that the raids have been carried out from Tamil Nadu to West Bengal, and from Odisha to Uttar Pradesh.
The central government agencies are being misused to distort public perception of the Opposition leaders, Sharma alleged, maintaining that this poses a grave threat to Indian democracy.
“We have a Prime Minister who does not believe in speaking the truth. Modi had made certain promises to the people of India. A betrayed nation is now asking questions of his betrayal, non-performance, non-deliverance and non-creation of two crore jobs… This has actually cast a dark shadow on the future of our youth,” Sharma said.
Modi is trying to deflate the political discussion, and the entire narrative is
being built on false premises, the Congress leader said, adding that “we want him to answer for his failure”.
“Modi must apologise to the youth, farmers, and the people for betraying their trust,” Sharma demanded.
He said that it is a matter of shame that for the first time in the independent India a Prime Minister seeks to invoke our armed forces for partisan political propaganda.
Modi should be condemned in the strongest terms for seeking votes in the name of those who have given their lives to protect Indians, Sharma reckoned.
“We want to make it absolutely clear that the Indian Army belongs to the people of the Indian Republic. The Indian Army does not belong neither to the PM nor to the BJP,” he thundered.
GPCC president Girish Chodankar, who is the Congress’ North Goa candidate for the parliamentary polls, also attended the press conference.
He greeted Christians ‘a Happy Easter’.
Chodankar exuded confidence of the Congress winning the elections to both North Goa and South Goa seats and the bypolls to four assembly constituencies.
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