Well-known lawyer and activist Prashant Bhushan on Saturday accused the Narendra Modi government of “leaving no stone unturned to dismantle institutions of accountability” and of “supporting fascism".
Veteran journalist and former Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) minister Arun Shourie too hit out at the Modi government, saying that it had become fashionable in the present dispensation to denounce Jawaharlal Nehru, but added that the country’s first prime minister was a "psychologically secure" leader who worked with strong personalities in the Cabinet.
Addressing a press conference in Jaipur, Bhushan said: "Modi government is leaving no stone unturned to dismantle all institutions of accountability, be it CVC, CIC or any other."
He alleged: “Corruption is taking place in this government but it’ll take some time to get exposed”.
"Modi government is leaving no stone unturned to dismantle all institutions of accountability, be it CVC, CIC or any other," Bhushan told a press conference.
He said while Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) Students’ Union leader Kanhaiya Kumar was arrested on the charge of sedition, no FIR has been filed against the "people of BJP and government" who were behind the fake videos used in the JNU row.
He said despite provocative statements made by junior Minister Ram Shankar Katheria, no FIR was filed against him. “Katheria made provocative statements but no FIR was lodged against him. He was not sacked," Bhushan said, adding that the Bharatiya Janata Party, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and its allied groups and government have now clearly come out in "support of fascism".
"Modi used to stay away from such things, but now with the JNU incident this government has opened its cards and come out," he said.
Shourie, speaking at an event organised by Rajasthan Patrika in Jaipur, without mentioning Modi said: “A leader must be a psychologically secure man. If he feels threatened by excellence or expertise, then he will never be able to get a good team.”
Shourie also criticised the just-retired Delhi police commissioner BS Bassi for allegedly compromising the dignity of the post by working as a government representative.
He expressed apprehension of civil rights being threatened by the Modi government, and added that he feared that “in a few years the government will try and withdraw all instruments of citizens’ rights including the RTI (Right To Information).”
Shourie also said that elections in the future could be fought by polarising the communities along religious lines.