Sharad Pawar Accuses BJP of Destroying India and Constitution in Exclusive Interview

Veteran politician Sharad Pawar unleashes scathing criticism of BJP, accusing them of destroying India's democracy and misusing government agencies against opposition. Pawar's allegations could have significant implications for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections.

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Sharad Pawar Accuses BJP of Destroying India and Constitution in Exclusive Interview

Sharad Pawar Accuses BJP of Destroying India and Constitution in Exclusive Interview

In an exclusive interview with CNN-News18 on April 20, 2024, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) president Sharad Pawar leveled serious allegations against the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), asserting they are destroying India and its Constitution.

Pawar also criticized Union Home Minister Amit Shah and the alleged misuse of government agencies against opposition leaders.

During the interview, Pawar stated that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's speeches suggest he is the BJP's PM and not India's. He accused the BJP of being "high on power," which he believes will lead to dictatorship in the country. Pawar said, "Prime Minister Narendra Modi is talking as if he is the 'BJP's PM' instead of the Prime Minister of the entire country."

The NCP chief also slammed Modi for failing to control inflation and unemployment, citing an International Labour Organization (ILO) report that said more than 80% of India's unemployed workforce comprises its youth. Pawar alleged that Modi had promised to reduce the rate of inflation and cost of fuels within 50 days of coming to power but failed to deliver on that promise.

Pawar criticized the BJP government for wanting to change the Constitution, stating that democracy is under threat. He also accused the Enforcement Directorate and other agencies of being used to intimidate opposition leaders and force them to join the BJP.

Why this matters: Pawar's scathing criticism of the BJP government comes at a critical time, with the 2024 Lok Sabha elections just around the corner. His allegations of the BJP destroying India's democratic fabric and misusing government agencies against the opposition could have significant implications for the upcoming polls.

Dismissing claims made by Amit Shah that the NCP split was due to his love for his daughter Supriya Sule, Pawar stated, "Supriya Sule is a three-time MP who has won her seat even when others lost." Pawar admitted that while some things had changed in Jalgaon and Raver Lok Sabha constituencies over the past few years, he believes the prevailing situation is conducive for the Maha Vikas Aghadi, the opposition alliance comprising the NCP, Congress, and Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena (UBT).

Key Takeaways

  • Pawar accuses BJP of destroying India's democracy and Constitution
  • Pawar criticizes Modi for failing to control inflation, unemployment
  • Pawar alleges BJP misuses government agencies against opposition
  • Pawar confident of Maha Vikas Aghadi's prospects in 2024 polls
  • Pawar dismisses claims of NCP split due to his love for daughter