14 May, 2021

‘Not Me, Advani Said Modi’s An Excellent Event Manager’

General secretary of the CPI(M), Sitaram Yechury, tears into the record of the Modi government.

Jitender Gupta
‘Not Me, Advani Said Modi’s An Excellent Event Manager’

Among the most articulate leaders of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, Sitaram Yechury, an alumnus of St Stephen’s College and a postgraduate in economics from JNU, has an uphill task as the general secretary of the CPI(M), a post he took over from Prakash Karat in April this year. In an interview to Ushinor Majumdar, he tears into the record of the Modi government and denies that the Opposition is stalling Parliament. Excerpts:

How do you rate the Modi government’s performance in the last 18 months?

They have completely liberalised FDI and given foreign capital unfettered access to our country’s resources and cheap labour. Foreign capital is maximising its profits in India while not creating any job opportunities or new investments. There is no global demand (for goods), and exports have fallen drastically. People do not have purchasing power, so there is no demand inside the country because of which industry and manufacturing are not taking off. So, the situation has...

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