CPM supports AAP, says Centre encroaching on elected govt’s rights
Sitaram Yechury in New Delhi on Sunday. (Source: IE photo by Amit Mehra)
As the confrontation between the Arvind Kejriwal government and Lt Governor Najeeb Jung intensified over the appointment of the acting chief secretary, AAP on Sunday got the support of CPM . The Left party also criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his foreign visits which it said was “unprecedented” and accused his government of functioning like the “political arm of RSS”.
CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury accused BJP government at the Centre of encroaching upon the rights of the elected government in Delhi through the Lt Governor. “If the Centre tries to interfere or encroach upon the rights of the duly elected state government through the LG, if it tries to attack rights of state, then it is wrong. We oppose it,” he said.
In the context of cut in allocations to north-eastern states after the abolition of Planning Commission, Yechury said: “Instead of giving the rights of states as enshrined in the Constitution, you are reducing them to be at the mercy of the Central government which is undermining the entire federal principles of our Constitution.”
“Now we have seen the manner in which the rights of the democratically elected government in Delhi are being infringed upon by the Centre-appointed Lieutenant Governor… The rights of the states are being undermined,” the CPM general secretary said.
He criticised the spate of appointment of Governors with “avowedly known political leanings to BJP or its mentor RSS.”
Addressing the media after the first meeting of the newly elected Politburo, Yechury accused the NDA government of communal politics, aggressively pursuing a neo-liberal economic agenda and working towards an authoritarian rule through the erosion of democratic institutions — a trimurti of threats for secular democratic India.
“The challenge before us is to stop this ‘trimurti’ from converting into a ‘trishul’ (trident) which will rupture the interests of the people,” he said.
Source:: Indian Express