Abdul Bari Masoud | Caravan Daily
NEW DELHI – The Communist Party of India (Marxist) on Monday strongly hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his speech at Ramlila Maidan here on Sunday, in which he said no detention centres were being built to keep illegals.
The party termed the speech as “bundle of lies” and provided details to prove it. It also slammed the PM for not touching on the growing miseries of the people and vowed to continue the protests against the CAA/NRC/NPR until an official notification is issued to stop the ongoing process.
Launching the BJP’s electoral campaign for the coming Delhi assembly elections, the PM tried to calm down the unrest against CAA and NRC by saying NRC was not initiated by his government, but by the previous UPA. He also did not even once make a mention of the students and youths in the forefront in the ongoing protest.
In his 90-minute speech, Modi said: “I want to tell the 130 crore citizens of India that since my government has come to power in 2014, there has been no discussion on NRC anywhere.” The CPI (M) described this as “lie number one” of the PM. The party asserted that “the BJP’s 2019 election manifesto promised extension of the NRC exercise all over the country.”
Home minister Amit Shah, during the debate on the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) in the Lok Sabha on November 9, said, “We will bring the NRC across the country. Not a single infiltrator will be spared”. The NRC process is to begin with the compilation of the National Population Register from April 1 to September 30, 2020. The NPR is the first stage of NRC. The gazette notification for this was issued on July 31, 2019, the CPI(M) said.
On Modi’s claim, “There are no detention centres anywhere,” the party said this was the second lie. “Minister of state for home affairs answered a question in the Rajya Sabha on December 11 and said that instructions have been issued to all states for setting up detention centres to detain illegal migrants or convicted foreigners pending deportation. The central government on 9.1.2019 sent consolidated instructions for the construction of detention centres to all state/union administrators.
“The central government told the Karnataka high court on November 28, ‘We have written to all state governments in 2014 and follow-up letter in 2018 to have detention centres to house foreign nationals illegally staying in India’.”
“In November 2019, minister of state for home affairs replied to a question in the Rajya Sabha that ‘28 people have died in Assam’s detention camps where suspected immigrants are confined’. He disclosed that 988 “foreigners” were lodged in six detention centres in Assam.”
“The ministry of home affairs sent instructions on 24/29 April 2014 and again on 9-10 September 2014. On this basis, a model detention centre/holding centre/camp manual was issued to all states/union territories in 2018·”
“Many BJP state governments like Karnataka have already directed construction of detention centres”.
LIE NO 3
“Modi said: “I never asked for anyone’s religion”. In a recent election rally in Dumka, Jharkhand, Modi said that those indulging in violence can be identified by their clothes. During the 2019 general elections, Modi said Rahul Gandhi has chosen to contest from Wayanad, Kerala, “a seat where the majority is in a minority”.
The CPI(M) said that “through such a bunch of lies, Modi seeks to mislead the people over their assault on the secular-democratic content of the Indian Constitution.”
Clearly rattled by the intensity of popular protests across the country against the CAA/NRC/NPR and the declaration by at least ten chief ministers that they will not implement the NRC, PM Modi unleashed in Delhi a bundle of untruths aimed at misleading the people, it added.
The CPI(M) also took the PM to task for not mentioning even once the growing miseries that his government and its policies are unleashing on the people’s day-to-day life. “The economy is in a virtual recession, unemployment is highest in half a century, distress suicides by farmers are growing, inflation is eating into the people’s lives, people have stopped using onions due to its exorbitant price.”