Union minister M Venkaiah Naidu on Sunday hit back at opposition parties for accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi of being “authoritarian”, saying they had “completely forgotten the dark days of Emergency” clamped  by Indira Gandhi.   Naidu, who holds the portfolio of information and broadcasting, claimed that as more leaders of opposition parties were “getting trailed for their deeds of corruption”, they were finding the prime minister authoritarian.  The comments came after some opposition leaders alleged that Modi and the RSS were trying to impose “one idea” on the country and that the prime minister was unilaterally making all the decisions.  The remarks were made by leaders during a meeting on the occasion of 94th birthday of veteran politician M Karunanidhi in Chennai.  Naidu claimed the level and quality of such criticism revealed the unbridgeable disconnect between those parties and the people of the county.  He said it showed the mounting frustration of opposition parties over the growing appeal of the prime minister among the people and steady political expansion of the BJP since 2014.  “While accusing the prime minister of being authoritarian, these leaders have completely forgotten the dark days of Emergency clamped by former prime minister Indira Gandhi. The dubious theory of Indira is India and India is Indira…,” Naidu told reporters.  He also claimed that there was “denigration of the dignity and authority of the institution of the prime minister during the 10 years of the UPA rule” and a “gross abuse of power for personal and family gains during the Congress rule”. “What is more amazing is that the communists seem to have forgotten all the hoary past under the Congress and their own rule. This amnesia could only be explained by their getting rolled out of the country’s political canvas,” he claimed.           The Rediff.com : 4th. June,17


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