Rahul Gandhi, the leader of the Congress, is defended by CPI(M) in the UK for his remarks on democracy
On Thursday, the CPI(M) defended Congressman Rahul Gandhi over his statement on democracy in the UK, stating that although his understanding of American democracy is "naive," he has an unalienable right to criticize the "authoritarianism" of the government.
The government's reaction to the accusations made against the Adani group was also criticized in the most recent issue of the party's mouthpiece, People's Democracy.
As Hindenburg Research published a long list of accusations against the company, including illegal transactions and share-price manipulation, Adani Group equities recently took a battering on the stock exchanges. The Gautam Adani-led organization has denied the accusations, claiming that it complies with all legal and transparency obligations.
The government's interruption of Parliamentary proceedings over Gandhi's comments, according to the editorial, was an attempt to stop any debate of the Adani-Hindenburg situation. The editorial said that the current strategy is to end the second part of the budget session early by "guillotining" the requests for grants and swiftly passing the finance law.
The Communist Party of India (Marxist) said in the editorial that Parliament needed to be informed about the matter and address it.
Instead, the editorial noted that on March 13, when Parliament reconvened for the second half of the Budget Session, "we witnessed the Minister of Defence, Rajnath Singh, spearheading the assault on Rahul Gandhi and demanding an apology."
It added that the leaders of the Opposition will echo Gandhi's comments and condemnation of the Narendra Modi administration for allegedly endangering and suppressing democracy.
The editorial said that the claim that he was being disloyal for making it on foreign land was false since criticizing a government's actions is not the same as criticizing one's own nation.
The right to criticize the government's authoritarianism is a right which is inalienable whether it is made within the nation or abroad, it said. "One does not have to subscribe to all the opinions voiced by Rahul Gandhi in the United Kingdom, including his naive appreciation of American democracy in his Cambridge speech," it said.
The editorial said that when the prime minister was questioned during the discussion on the president's speech in Parliament in February, he answered questions for hours on end in both the Rajya Sabha and the Lok Sabha without mentioning Adani once.
"This is reminiscent of the terrible Lord Voldemort from the Harry Potter books, who is too potent and deadly to be addressed by his own name. He is often referred to as "One who must not be identified." It seems that Gautam Adani is the person who should not be mentioned by Narendra Modi and the BJP for fear of exposing their relationship with Adani "It read.
Due to protests by the opposition over its demand for a Joint Parliamentary Committee investigation into the Adani issue and by the treasury benches against Gandhi for his remarks in London, both Houses of Parliament have been unable to conduct any significant business since the start of the second part of the Budget Session on March 13.