Kanhaiya Kumar, Hardik Patel and Jignesh Mevani attacks Modi for tarnished Gujarat’s image

Kanhaiya Kumar
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Rajkot, Feb
14. Youth leaders Kanhaiya Kumar, Hardik Patel and Jignesh Mevani here on
Wednesday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of tarnishing Gujarat’s
image,attacking constitutional institutions and targeting those who question
him.

They were
taking part in an event in Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani’s hometown
Rajkot under the banner of Team Indranil for You group of former
Congress legislator Indranil Rajyaguru.

Kumar, a former president of Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union, said the Prime Minister had blemished Gujarat’s image at the national level.

“You
can see how constitutional institutions are being destroyed,” he said,
expressing wonder how the Bharatiya Janata Party’s IT cell head comes to know
about the date of an election before the Election Commission declares it.

The Enforcement
Directorate
(ED) starts grilling Congress President Rahul Gandhi’s
brother-in-law Robert Vadra soon after Priyanka Gandhi was entrusted with the
responsibility of eastern Uttar Pradesh, he added.

“Where
was the ED for five years? This is not to give clean chit to anyone, but to
explain how institutions are being misused. CBI is fighting CBI and Modi’s
favourite (Nageshwar) Rao is punished by the Supreme Court,” he added.

He said governments
are chosen for setting up schools and hospitals, providing jobs to the people,
“but when we ask questions on this his (PM’s) people start coming and
intimidating us”.

On his visit, Kanhaiya Kumar said,

“For
the past couple of months we are going to different parts of the country to
carry out a programme called ‘Samvidhan Bachao, Desh Bachao’. And our motto is
‘Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan, Jai Samvidhan'”.

It’s sad
that the government is feeling frightened by our campaign, he added.

He dismissed
charges of sedition against him for allegedly raising “anti-national”
slogans at an event at JNU three years back.

“More
than a dozen of my family members are serving in the defence forces. One of my
cousins who was in the CRPF, died a martyrs death recently. My late grandfather
was a freedom fighter. These facts are difficult for any government to hide,
but they are framing me as an anti-national,” he said.

About
contesting elections, Kumar said he was yet to decide on this. But Patel
asserted that he would certainly contest elections, but was yet to make up his
mind on the party or the constituency.”

Mevani, an
Independent MLA from Vadgam constituency in north Gujarat, said he had no plans
to contest the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections.

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