PUNE: “The Modi government has failed in all sectors including the economic, social, cultural and educational sectors. Social injustice has increased in the past five years in the county. Farmers are suffering a lot along with the Dalit and the Muslims,” said Bhalchandra Mungekar, senior economist and former Congress MP in the city on Monday.
He also appealed to voters to defeat the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to save democracy and its values.
He was campaigning for the Congress-Nationalist Congress Party (NCP)-led Grand Alliance candidate for the Pune Lok Sabha seat, Mohan Joshi.
Criticising the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government, he said that during the Modi government’s tenure, attacks on the Dalits and Muslims had increased. “Mob lynching was one of the most unusual things that happened during his government. The government is implementing the agenda of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) in the country. They are repeating the lie that Congress did not do anything in the 60 years of its rule in the country, which is not true. No one can deny the work done by the Congress in terms of development in the country.”
He pointed out that PM Modi has not addressed a single press conference. He said, “PM Modi does not have the courage to face the press. Therefore, he started ‘Mann Ki Baat?’, the radio programme.”
Mungekar said, “In the past five years, democracy has been under a threat. All democratic values are at stake. Therefore, if we want to save democracy and the Indian Constitution, we should defeat the BJP. It should be the priority of every voter right now.”
“The Modi government has not fulfilled a single promise which they had made during the last Lok Sabha elections. Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley alleged that the Congress manifesto was anti-national. But, Jaitley has failed to announce a single good programme in the past five years. Jaitley was kept in dark about important decisions such as demonetisation. nationalism and patriotism are not any party’s or religion’s or caste’s ownership,” he added.