Modi’s popularity on the wane: CPI

HYDERABAD,STAFF REPORTER:Communist Party of India national general secretary Suravaram Sudhakar Reddy rubbished Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s claims of corruption-free rule by BJP Government at the Centre and called it an establishment run by corporate bosses.

PICKING HOLES:Communist Party of India national general secretary Suravaram Sudhakar Reddy criticized the Narendra Modi Government for its alleged ‘failure’.- Photo: Nagara Gopal

Calling attention to the allegations against Minister Sushma Swaraj and party leader Vasundhara Raje Scindia with regard to Lalit Modi’s escape, Vyapam scam in Madhya Pradesh and allegations of corruption against other state leaders such as B.S. Yedyurappa from Karnataka, and Eknath Khadse from Maharashtra, Mr. Reddy challenged the claims to corruption-free governance by the BJP.

Lashing out at the Government for its ‘failures’, he debunked Mr. Modi’s assurance that his was a government for the poor. Service tax has been increased from 12 per cent to 15 per cent in two years and duty on petrol and diesel has gone up at least 10 times during the same time. On the other hand, corporate tax has been brought down by five per cent. Also alluding to the Government’s role in the escape of defaulting industrialist Vijay Mallya, Mr. Reddy claimed that he had availed himself of the best portion of the loans during the final years of his stint as Rajya Sabha Member.

“Select media houses and bogus surveys are attempting to manufacture consent, by cooking up arbitrary figures on the prime minister’s popularity. Going by the results of recent Assembly elections, his popularity is definitely on the wane,” Mr. Reddy said. Of the 800 seats for which elections were conducted, BJP lost deposit in 500 and the vote share has gone down in all states.

He also found fault with the delay in appointment of judges despite an emotional appeal by the Chief Justice of India, and called it an attempt to fill the judiciary with the party’s yes-men.