If Modi Becomes PM, India Will Become a Police State: Sharma - The New Indian Express

If Modi Becomes PM, India Will Become a Police State: Sharma

Published: 11th April 2014 09:33 AM

Last Updated: 11th April 2014 09:40 AM

Union Commerce Minister Anand Sharma on Thursday said a big disaster awaits the country if Modi becomes the prime minister.

Launching a scathing attack on Modi at a press conference here, the Union Minister described the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate as ‘autocratic, authoritarian and undemocratic.’

Referring to an incident where a woman was hounded and subjected to phone tapping at the behest of the Gujarat government in the name of giving protection to the victim, Sharma said: “If Modi becomes prime minister, he will reduce the entire country to a police state.”

He said that after Modi assumed the post of Gujarat’s Chief Minister, he (Modi) never participated in any debate on the floor of the House, never answered either starred or unstarred questions and did not even bother to speak on the traditional Assembly business of ‘thanksgiving motion to governor.’

Claiming that the media in Gujarat was kept at bay from covering the proceedings of the Assembly, he said: “The media is being treated with utter disdain in Gujarat.”

Sharma also accused the BJP of unleashing a negative campaign against the UPA government which was malicious and vindictive in nature.

The UPA government at the Centre has promoted transparency and accountability by enacting the Right to Information Act, he said.

Describing the performance of the UPA government in the last 10 years, he said the life expectancy of both men and women in the country has improved phenomenally.

He challenged Narendra Modi to a debate on the economic development of the country. The UPA government has made rapid strides in all spheres, he said.

He also defended party president Sonia Gandhi’s recent visit to Shahi Imam and the petition submitted to the Election Commission seeking a ‘watch’ on the activities of yoga guru Ramdev and Sri Sri Ravi Shankar of the Art of Living.

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