On the eve of the first phase of elections in Uttar Pradesh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a interview to a news agency attacked rival Samajwadi Party. He said said family-based parties were the biggest danger to democracy and such parties were destroying the country. He stepped up his attack on the SP, calling it an outfit of fake socialists. “Lohia ji was a socialist too. Do you see his family anywhere?
On MoS Home Ajay Mishra continuing in the Union Council of Ministers despite incriminating evidence against his son in Lakhimpur Kheri violence:
The PM said CM Yogi Adityanath-led BJP government in UP was following Supreme Court directions in the matter and working transparently in the matter. “The state agreed to the constitution of an SC-led panel and the appointment of a judge as directed by the SC. The state is working with transparency.
PM Modi on repealing of farm laws and farmers
The PM said he was out to win the hearts of farmers and understand the pain of small farmers. Noting that he repealed the three farm laws in national interest, the PM said: “I have won the hearts of many Indian farmers. I took measures for farmers’ welfare but I repealed the laws in national interest.
The PM also said there was a difference between two people from one family becoming MLAs and the entire family controlling one party.
The PM said: “My priority is to give houses, toilets, smoke-free environment, potable water and education to poor. If someone calls this socialism, I accept it because I am for society.”
The PM said when people from one family become president, treasurer and parliamentary board members of a party, it spells danger for democracy.
Family-based parties are the biggest enemy of democracy because they negate the very essence of democracy. When family-based politics is done, family becomes supreme, the party and nation becomes secondary,” the PM said, adding the first casualty in such cases was talent because “Beta jaisa bhi hoga, woh hi adhyaksh banega”.