Maharashtra: Narendra Modi government intent on erasing ’secular’ from Constitution, says Ajit Pawar

Mumbai: The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Ajit Pawar on Tuesday claimed the Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government is intent on changing the Constitution of India by removing the word ‘secular’ from it. Meanwhile, Dhananjay Munde, leader of the opposition in the legislative council termed Ajit Pawar as the future chief minister of the state.

Pawar, while addressing the ‘Samvidhan Bachao Parishad’ (Save the Constitution Conference) organized by the women’s wing of the NCP in Aurangabad on Tuesday, said, “BJP leader Anant Kumar Hegde had openly said in the Lok Sabha last year that his party had come to power to change the Constitution. His statements are just a reflection of the true intentions of Narendra Modi.” Hegde is the Union minister of state for skill development.

It would be a social and economic disaster for the country and the state if the BJP comes to power for a second consecutive term, said Pawar. Targeting the BJP government in the state, Pawar alleged it had plunged the state into debt — Rs 5 lakh crore —while utterly failing to generate employment.

Munde also attacked the Modi government. He said, “If the BJP comes to power again, it will overturn the Constitution given to us by Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar by 2022 and destabilize the country.”  He remarked on the freedom of speech and dissent being gagged in the present political climate. “Journalists are not being allowed to present the true picture. Constitutional rights are being trampled upon. Now, it is up to the electorate to change the political scenario in the next Parliamentary and Assembly elections by voting out the BJP,” Munde said.

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