NEW DELHI: Former Union Minister P. Chidambaram on Friday targeted the Prime Minister after he announced the withdrawal of farm laws and said that ‘in fear of losing elections he will now admit all his blunders’.
Chidambaram tweeted, “If there is fear of losing the next election, the PM will Admit that demonetisation was a Himalayan blunder, the GST laws were poorly drafted and implemented in a hostile manner, Chinese troops have intruded into Indian territory and occupied our land, CAA is a patently discriminatory law, Rafale deal was dishonest and requires to be investigated, the acquisition and use of Pegasus spyware were illegal.”
Chidambaram further tweeted, “PM’s announcement on the withdrawal of the three farm laws is not inspired by a change of policy or a change of heart. It is impelled by fear of elections!”
Admit that the CAA is a patently discriminatory law
Admit that the Rafale deal was dishonest and requires to be investigated
Admit that the acquisition and use of Pegasus spyware were illegal
— P. Chidambaram (@PChidambaram_IN) November 19, 2021
“What cannot be achieved by democratic protests can be achieved by the fear of impending elections! Anyway, it is a great victory for the farmers and for the Congress party which was unwavering in its opposition to the farm laws,” he added
The three farm laws that were passed last year around the same time have been a cause of widespread agitation with a consortium of farmers staging a protest, especially in northwest India and at Delhi’s doorsteps and earlier within the national capital too, demanding the government to repeal it.
“It seems some of the farmers are still not convinced by our sincere efforts. We have decided to repeal the three farm laws. The constitutional process to repeal these laws would be completed during the Parliament Session that would start at the end of this month,” Modi said in his address to the nation.
‘Modi is dictator in the garb of democrat’
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is a dictator in the garb of a democrat, P. Chidambaram said on Friday, even as the senior Congress leader said that the success of the farmers’ protests had shown the way to ensure that the Centre mends it ways by defeating the BJP in elections.
Addressing a press conference in Panaji, Chidambaram also said that the farm laws had been hastily withdrawn by Modi on Friday morning, fearing losses in the upcoming elections in five states early next year.
“Modi is Modi. He behaves like a dictator in the garb of a democrat. Hitler behaved like a dictator in the garb of a dictator. The only difference is Modi is a dictator in the garb of a democrat,” Chidambaram said, while responding to a question from a media person during a press conference in Panaji.
Chidambaram also said that just the way the prices of fuel were reduced after the BJP faced electoral setbacks in the recently concluded bypolls, the rollback on farm laws was linked to the fear of losses in the upcoming polls.
“Remember three weeks ago, when the byelection results came and the BJP suffered a massive defeat in HP and lost badly in several other seats, including Karnataka and Rajasthan, the official results came in the morning of the day and by 3 p.m. they announced the reduction in the prices of petrol and diesel,” he said.
“That kind of a stubborn government has today announced the withdrawal of farm laws means that they are losing the next round of elections. This is a lesson for the people. This government does not fear democracy, this government does not fear Parliament. It only fears a loss in elections. If you want this government to mend its ways, the best thing the people of India can do is to defeat it at every election,” Chidambaram said. — IANS