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Modi's attacks on 'mahagatbandhan' betrays his fear: CPI-M

IANS  |  New Delhi 

Narendra Modi's persistent attacks on the opposition alliance reveals the he harbours that a coalition government could replace his rule, the CPI-M has said.

"Not a day passes in this election campaign without Modi attacking the 'mahagatbandhan' or opposition alliance as a 'mahamilavat' (great adulteration) and depicting them as a bunch of power hungry opportunists," said an editorial in "People's Democracy".

Modi has argued that a coalition government would jeopardise development, that a weak government cannot ensure national security and that the opposition alliance in and other places is opportunist.

"Such a persistent attack on opposition alliance reveals the that Modi harbours about the prospects of a coalition government replacing his rule," the said in the editorial.

The editorial pointed out that coalition governments have been the norm, barring some exceptions, since 1977 and that such governments have provided stable administration and their record on "development" is not very different from other governments.

"Unlike what Modi claims, there is no reason to believe that a post-poll alliance based on a common minimum programme cannot form the basis of a stable government," it said.

"In 1998 and 1999, the BJP framed an agenda for government after the elections to underpin a post-poll tie-up, the "

Responding to charges that coalition governments would weaken Indian security operations, the editorial said the had worsened the security situation in where the number of terrorist attacks increased from 109 to 626 between 2014 and 2019 and the number of security personnel killed rose from 130 to 483.

"After all, it was a decisive government which had the BJP with a majority in the Lok Sabha that imposed the draconian policy of demonetization. No one has been held accountable for this disastrous step.

"What Modi is seeking to exorcise is the spectre of a post-poll alliance which can form a secular coalition government at the Centre," the editorial said.

"What Modi exhibits through his rant against coalitions is the fear that such a coalition will replace him."

--IANS

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First Published: Thu, May 16 2019. 15:28 IST
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