Chidambaram Accuses BJP of Becoming 'Cult Devoted to Modi', Warns of Erosion of Free Speech

Chidambaram accuses BJP of transforming into a "cult devoted to Modi," warning of erosion of free speech and potential constitutional changes if Modi is re-elected.

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Chidambaram Accuses BJP of Becoming 'Cult Devoted to Modi', Warns of Erosion of Free Speech

Chidambaram Accuses BJP of Becoming 'Cult Devoted to Modi', Warns of Erosion of Free Speech

In a scathing attack on the BJP-led NDA government, senior Congress leader P. Chidambaram has claimed that under Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 10-year rule, the BJP has transformed into a "cult devoted to Modi ", leading to a "grave erosion of freedom of speech and expression in India". Chidambaram's comments come amid a charged political atmosphere in the lead-up to the 2024 general elections.

Chidambaram asserted that the BJP is no longer a political party but a group devoted to Modi, warning that this cult-like devotion could lead to dictatorship. He alleged that there is gross censorship of freedom of expression under Modi's rule and urged the people to "restore democracy". The senior Congress leader also cautioned that if Modi is voted back to power for a third time, he may amend the constitution.

Criticizing the BJP's manifesto, titled "Modi's guarantee", Chidambaram argued that it reflects the party's cult-like devotion to the Prime Minister. He claimed that the manifesto is a collection of actions taken by the BJP-NDA government in the last 5-10 years, with ongoing programs re-dressed with all their faults and inequities.

Why this matters: Chidambaram's accusations highlight the growing concerns over the state of democracy and freedom of expression in India under the BJP-led government. The erosion of these fundamental rights could have far-reaching consequences for the country's political and social landscape.

Chidambaram also took aim at the BJP's push for a Uniform Civil Code (UCC) and One Nation One Election (ONOE), stating that these measures are aimed at homogenizing the population and vesting all powers in the central government and the prime minister. He predicted that the BJP's push for UCC and ONOE would spark furious debates and lead to acrimony, anger, and resentment among different communities and cultures in India.

The Congress leader assured that if the INDIA bloc, which he represents, comes to power at the Centre, they will repeal the contentious Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) in the first session of Parliament. He also promised to bring specialized legislation to enforce the principle of "bail is the rule, jail is the exception", highlighting that 65% of prisoners are undertrials, with 90% of them belonging to the OBC, SC, and ST communities.

Chidambaram expressed optimism that the INDIA bloc would win all 39 seats in Tamil Nadu and the single seat in Pondicherry in the ongoing elections. He emphasized the need to "restore democracy" in the country and accused the BJP government of hiding the truth

Key Takeaways

  • Chidambaram accuses BJP of transforming into a "cult devoted to Modi".
  • Chidambaram warns BJP's push for UCC and ONOE could spark acrimony and resentment.
  • Chidambaram assures INDIA bloc will repeal CAA if elected, and enforce "bail is the rule".
  • Chidambaram expresses optimism INDIA bloc will win all 39 seats in Tamil Nadu.
  • Chidambaram accuses BJP govt of hiding the truth, calls for restoring democracy in India.