NEW DELHI: Taking on the Left, a BJP MP on Wednesday branded it as the “witches” in the “fairy tale” of India’s growth story.
“When we were children, we saw some witch or some demon in fairy tales. Likewise, there are witches in every growth story,” BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi said.
Lekhi targeted the Left in Kerala and accused it of committing atrocities on campus and whitewashing their brutalities through repressive policies.
The BJP member listed out killings allegedly committed by Left cadres in Kerala. “They have committed Taliban-style executions,” she said. Assembly elections are scheduled to be held in Kerala this year. Her comments were greeted by protests by the Left members. While the Narendra Modi government was making strides amid a volatile global economic scenario, the BJP leader said, the Left parties keep raising issues to “derail development”.
The attack on the Left came soon after the Prime Minister entered the House and a BJP MP passed on some papers to Lekhi, apparently reminding her to raise certain issues.“With 7 per cent GDP growth, India is emerging as a leader in the global economic sphere despite adverse international conditions,” Lekhi said.
Highlighting various initiatives taken by the government including ‘Make In India’, Lekhi claimed that very few countries were poised like India to take the economic leap. On foreign policy, she said the government has done “immense work” barring a few glitches in neighbourhood but did not elaborate on them.