The Left parties will be holding a demonstration against the BJP-led governments at the Center and in the states, and especially against Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the wake of back-to-back controversies involving Union minster Sushma Swaraj and three Chief Ministers. The combined Left front will be holding a nationwide protest on 20th July, demanding action against the “tainted” chief ministers and ministers.
Addressing a Press conference in Jaipur on Thursday, CPI National Secretary D Raja said: “Left parties have decided to organise countrywide strong protests on July 20, a day before the Parliament session begins, against corruption and we will demand action against the tainted chief ministers and ministers of BJP”.
The senior leader also claimed that the corruption cases involving the state governments of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh are now in public domain and the leaders involved have no moral right to continue in government positions.
“There is total misrule in Rajasthan. It has become the first state to bring draconian anti-labour legislation. There is no protection for immigrant labourers in the state,” Raja said.
The left parties also targeted the Prime Minister for his silence over the issue. Raja said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has neither uttered a single word on cases of corruption in the states nor has he taken action against tainted leaders, which raises suspicion.
“To highlight all these issues, we will hold protests in different parts of the country on July 20,” Raja added further.
Calling Vasundhara Raje-led government in Rajasthan as one of the most corrupt governments in the country, the CPI leader said that she should have been asked to step down by this time but it was very unfortunate that she was continuing as the chief minister.
“There are adequate facts available in public domain that Raje and her family corroborated in money laundering, acquiring government property as private property with Lalit Modi,” Raja said.
“Raje’s position has become indefensible and untenable. If BJP believes credibility in public life, BJP by this time should have asked her to step down because she cannot remain in office despite all such revelations,” he said.
The CPI secretary said it’s not only Rajasthan government, but corruption cases have also taken place in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra.
(With inputs from the PTI)