Have to defeat 'chowkidar' Modi to save country:Yechury

Have to defeat 'chowkidar' Modi to save country:Yechury

"The Centre, which has looted the country for past five years, is now doling out sops ahead of elections," Yechury said while addressing a rally at Brigade Parade Ground in Kolkata. (PTI File Photo)

Launching a two-pronged attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP, CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury not only said that it is time to form an alternative secular government at the Centre but also alleged that money from the Rafael deal went to BJP through electoral bonds. Yechury was addressing the gathering at the Left Front’s mega rally in Kolkata on Sunday. 

Yechury dubbed the prime minister as “chowkidar” and said that the people do not want such a chowkidar who is looting the country. 

“The country does not want such a leader (like Modi) but wants a change in policy. Modi cannot bring that change in policy. It will be brought by an alternative secular government in whose formation Left will play a key role,” said Yechury. 

The CPM general secretary further alleged that due to Modi’s policies farmers are committing suicide and youths are suffering from employment.

“Modi ji it is because of your demonetisation and GST people are losing their jobs,” he said.
Yechury also took a dig at the prime minister with regard to recent cases of alleged bank frauds. He said that that instead of taking action against the accused the BJP government at the Centre is merging the related banks.

“Modi’s friends fled without paying bank loans of Rs.15 lakh crore. No action is taken against them but the related banks are being merged. This may make it easier to commit such frauds,” said Yechury.

Accusing the BJP government at the Centre of changing laws to facilitate corruption, Yechury claimed that money from the Rafael deal went to BJP through electoral bonds. 

“Laws are being changed to so that the money BJP gets is deposited in banks as electoral bonds. Nobody knows who is buying the bonds and giving to which party. Then last year’s data showed that 95% of the electoral bonds went to BJP. The money from the Rafael deal went to BJP through electoral bonds,” said Yechury. 

Yechury also accused West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) of subverting democracy in Bengal. Yechury along with CPM state secretary Surjya Kanta Mishra warned TMC of “stiff resistance” if they tried to prevent people from exercising their voting rights.