Saamna’, the Sena newspaper, alleged the BJP won the 2014 general election through money, misuse of power and tampering of electronic voting machines (EVMs).
“Those ruling the country today are butchers, who save animals but kill humans. There is absolute lack of compassion… Winning elections and remaining in power by hook or crook is not democracy. Majority is never permanent. Country’s people are supreme,” it said.
The Sena, which is in alliance with the BJP at the Centre and in Maharashtra, said even the opposition knows that it does not have the numbers to dislodge this government. “This no-confidence motion has not been brought to pull down the Modi government, but to give it a sound thrashing,” it said.
“Winning a majority has now become a tool to indulge in dictatorship. In order to seek votes, big promises are made. They play with the sentiments of the people for political gains. But the election rhetoric never becomes a reality,” it said. “Since the elections are being won only through the use of money, misuse of power and tampering of EVMs, democracy has become a mere scarecrow,” it added. Although the government is patting its back for accepting the no-confidence motion, it had no choice as it could have otherwise led to the washout of the monsoon session, it claimed.
Stating that the Telugu Desam Party, which moved the notrust motion was once a part of the NDA and Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana leader Raju Shetti, who spearheaded the milk agitation in Maharashtra, was also an ally, the Sena asked the government to introspect why they quit the alliance.
The editorial said that people have been stabbed in the back on issues ranging from Kashmir to ‘achhe din’, from reducing inflation to scrapping the Konkan refinery. PTI