“If party is run by family for generations…”: PM criticizes dynasty politics

Constitution Day: Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the Parliament this morning.

New Delhi:

India is heading towards a crisis that is “a matter of great concern” for those who believe in the spirit of democracy, Prime Minister Narendra Modi this morning launched an all-out attack on the Congress. The prime minister attacked “dynastic parties” at the Constitution Day celebrations, with 14 opposition parties quitting a day after Congress MP Mallikarjun Kharge held a strategy meeting ahead of the winter session next week.

“Party for family, for family… need I say more? If a party is run by one family for many generations, it is not good for healthy democracy… View Political Parties From Kashmir to Kanyakumari,” the Prime Minister said in his address.

“Dynastic parties are a matter of great concern to those who want to protect the Constitution. India is heading towards a crisis.”

This statement of PM Modi has come when the opposition is presenting a united front against the government.

“By dynasty politics I do not mean that more than one member of a family cannot enter politics. No… On the basis of ability, with the blessings of the people, people can join politics. But if one Political party – generation after generation – is run by one family, it becomes a threat to democracy,” the Prime Minister said in a scathing attack on the Gandhi family.

Visuals showed Union Minister Rajnath Singh and others thumping their desks in response.

In 2015 too, PM Modi said, his government had to face opposition when Constitution Day was celebrated for the first time. “‘Why are you doing this… What is the need?’ He had asked,” he said while criticizing the opposition, “that the day was to pay respect to BR Ambedkar for the work he has done for the country.” The Constitution of India, which is the longest in the world, has a preamble, 22 parts and eight schedules with 395 articles. Dr BR Ambedkar played an important role in drafting the constitution.

Trinamool Congress, Shiv Sena and other opposition parties between RJD did not attend the crucial event today, which was attended by President Ram Nath Kovind and Union ministers.

Congress MP Manickam Tagore said, “This BJP-led government doesn’t respect the Constitution… They don’t govern according to the Constitution but want to celebrate Constitution Day… This is a public relations program they started.” NDTV earlier today.

Party sources said after Mr Kharge headed the opposition meeting on Thursday, all 14 opposition parties are ready to unite against the government.

“There is no role of opposition leaders in this program, no proper invitation and no space or permission to speak,” Mr Khare told NDTV this afternoon.

On differences with the Trinamool Congress and Meghalaya MLAs switching sides, he said, “It is not an individual issue, it is about respecting our role. We will work unitedly on several issues including inflation.”

Parliament may see a stormy start to the winter session next week.

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