Modi is not tolerating dissent, says former Home Minister Shinde

Our Bureau Mumbai | Updated on January 10, 2019 Published on January 10, 2019

Sushilkumar Shinde

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was behaving like a dictator as he was not tolerating dissent in the country, according to the former Union Home Minister, Sushilkumar Shinde.

Recent police crackdown on Congress party workers at Solapur was a blatant example of that attitude, he felt.

On Thursday, Shinde addressed the media about the alleged instances of police excess during the Prime Minister Modi’s visit to the textile city of Solapur in South-West Maharashtra on Wednesday.

Videos on social media purportedly show party workers waving black flags at the Prime Minister’s motorcade being restrained by policemen in civilian dresses. Shinde said that holding peaceful demonstrations is a right and the party workers were brutally beaten up in Solapur.

Recounting Modi’s 2014 visit to Solapur, Shinde pointed that Modi “had said that if Shinde as the Home Minister had given orders for uniforms of para military forces, the textile industry of Solapur would have revived,” but the Prime Minister, who is now head of not just para military forces but also of all the security forces, has not bought one metre of cloth from Solapur, he said.

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Published on January 10, 2019
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