The Hindu 

Published: October 9, 2014 00:00 IST | Updated: October 9, 2014 05:44 IST  

Agnivesh accuses Modi of distancing from poll promises

Sarabjit Pandher

Sounding a warning to the present Union government, social activist Swami Agnivesh said on Wednesday that speed and manner in which Prime Minister Narendra Modi is distancing himself from what he had promised during the campaign for the Lok Sabha polls would spell disaster for the democratic fabric of the country.

At a ‘Meet the Press’ programme organised by the Chandigarh Press Club, Swami Agnivesh said he had written to the Prime Minister and had sought an appointment on three occasions to raise issues related to fixation of income of farmers, imposing compete ban on export of beef and meat as well as devise a mechanism to curb corruption, especially in public life. However, there was no response from the PMO.

He alleged that instead of imposing a ban, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari went to a local institute in Delhi to meet the largest exporter of meats which pointed towards some clandestine deal. Despite the records in the Supreme Court that another meat exporter, who was named in the Coalgate scandal as well had met him on 90 occasions, CBI chief Ranjit Sinha was not removed.

He said that ever since he took charge, Mr Modi had not moved towards implementing what he had promised, while the latest developments indicated that the Prime Minister had no intentions of going in that direction. He said this had begun to create doubts in the minds of the people and Mr Modi should be aware that such public perception could have dangerous ramifications.