No freedom of speech in India, says Mallikarjun Kharge

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The Congress president, Mallikarjun Kharge, hitting out at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led government has said that there is no freedom of speech in India.

Mallikarjun Kharge addressing a rally in Gumani Ground in Pakur city of Indian state Jharkhand expressed anguish that parts of his speech in Parliament were expunged.

“There is neither freedom of speech inside Parliament, nor outside. If someone speaks the truth, writes about it, shows it then they (rulers) send him or her behind the bars,” he pointed out.

The Congress President also came down heavily on the BJP over the Adani issue. “Adani, who is Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s friend, has assets worth Rs 13 lakh crore now… His assets were worth Rs 1 lakh crore in 2019,” he added. “The PM works for him (Adani) and not for the poor,” Kharge said, claiming that Rs 16,000 crore was given by Life Insurance Company (LIC) to the Adani Group, and Rs 82,000 crore was given by the State Bank of India (SBI). When Rahul Gandhi raised this issue in Parliament it was also expunged, he said.

“BJP inducts many MLAs who face ED, IT, CBI cases… Modi and Amit Shah have bought a washing machine in which they wash the blemishes of such MLAs who then come out clean,” he said.

He said that Narender Modi and Amit Shah were experts “involved in toppling elected governments, “They then talk about democracy. Why don’t you govern according to the Constitution written by Baba Saheb Ambedkar?”

He said the BJP came to power in 2014 with the promise to stem inflation, but the price of essential commodities and poverty are on the rise ever since it formed the government.

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