Narendra Modi’s 98% claim preposterous: Sitaram Yechury
CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury on Saturday described as “preposterous” Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s suggestion that the turnout in the recent Block Development Council elections in Jammu and Kashmir was a vindication of the decision announced on August 5.
Yechury said this was not a sign of “normalcy” and accused Modi of resorting to “falsehoods and propaganda”.
Modi had on Friday hailed the “historic turnout of 98%”, describing it as “news that would make every Indian proud”, and tied it to the August 5 scrapping of the state’s special status.
“I once again congratulate MPs across party lines for the historic decisions on J&K. It would make India’s Parliament proud that due to their historic decision in August this year, the people of J&K have been able to exercise their democratic right with exceptional enthusiasm, as seen in the historic turnout of 98% that too without violence or disturbance,” Modi had tweeted.
But Yechury tweeted on Saturday: “PM Modi’s claim that the recently held Block Development Council (BDC) elections in J&K is people’s acceptance of government’s action of scrapping Article 370 is preposterous.
“It is not the people who voted directly, but an electoral college of around 27,000 Panchs & Sarpanchs whose elections saw a very low turnout. This is no sign of ‘normalcy’. Independents won 217 & BJP only 81, mainly from Jammu.”
The CPM leader added: “Modi, as usual, is resorting to falsehoods and propaganda.”