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Shinde compares Modi with Hitler, says oppn being "strangled"

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

The Thursday likened to German dictator and accused him of trying to "strangulate" the rights of the opposition, a day after its party men were allegedly thrashed by police in during his visit to the city.

Senior party and former also accused of making an "election speech" during the visit to and alleged that the shied from talking about important public issues like drought, Dhangar quota and others.

was in the Western city Wednesday to launch a slew of development works, including road projects.

Shinde, who hails from district, said it was the right of the opposition to stage protests in a democracy.

"The BJP government, particularly the prime minister, tried to strangulate the rights of the opposition to stage protest in a democracy," he told reporters here.

Shinde claimed several young workers were roughed up by police and called for a probe into the matter.

"Is it a democracy or dictatorship? Even Hitler would not have been able to act in such a way," the former of added.

The veteran also referred to decisions such as demonetisation and divesting of his powers and sending him on leave last year (he was reinstated recently) to attack the Centre.

"We have been demonstrating for years. But this was for the first time police did not allow us to protest...He (Modi) works the way (Russian Vladimir) does.

"Does he (Modi) listen to anyone? This is what is called Hitlerism," he charged.

Shinde alleged the launched and sought credit for projects which were envisaged during the previous Congress government.

"This means they have nothing to show or offer," he added.

Countering Shinde, BJP charged the Congress with taking orders from the family and said he had no right to criticise the prime minister.

"Shinde, who coined the false catchphrase like saffron terrorism by taking orders from family, has no right to criticise the prime minister," Upadhye said.

During his tenure as Union Home Minister, Shinde had in January 2013 accused the BJP and the RSS of conducting "terror training" camps to spread "saffron terrorism" in the country.

Shinde, however, had later said that his comments were misunderstood and that he had no intention to link terrorism with any or political organisations.

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First Published: Thu, January 10 2019. 18:10 IST