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Prakash Karat accuses Modi govt of trying to change the Constitution

Prakash Karat alleged that ever since the BJP came to power, ministers and those holding key positions in various state-run institutions have been talking about changing the key document.

india Updated: Jan 25, 2018 20:04 IST
Press Trust of India
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Press Trust of India, New Delhi
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CPI(M) leader Prakash Karat during a protest in New Delhi.(PTI File Photo)

The CPI(M) on Thursday accused the Narendra Modi government of trying to change the Constitution and said any effort to “weaken” it must be resisted.

CPI(M) leader Prakash Karat alleged the BJP and RSS adhered to Hindutva ideology which is “inimical” to the basic values of the Constitution.

In an editorial in party organ ‘Peoples’ Democracy’, Karat said, “The threat to the basic postulates of the Constitution emanates from the very people who are now entrusted with the task of upholding the Constitution and working its institutions.

“The ruling BJP-RSS combine adheres to the Hindutva ideology which is inimical to the basic values of the Constitution. The RSS and its ideologues have never hidden their contempt for the Constitution.”

Karat alleged that ever since the BJP came to power, ministers and those holding key positions in various state-run institutions have been talking about changing the key document.

In the editorial, he made a reference to the remarks of Union minister Anant Kumar Hegde about changing it.

Hegde had, however, said if someone was hurt by his remarks about the Constitution and about secularism, he had no hesitation in tendering his apology. He had also said his statement had been presented in a distorted manner.

Karat also said Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath had “declared that the word ‘secular’ is the biggest lie told since Independence, thereby launching an assault on one of the basic principles of the Constitution”.

Holding that different aspects of the document are under attack, the CPI(M) leader said that though it propagates scientific temper, “anti-scientific ideas and irrationalism had become the hallmarks of the regime”.

He alleged, “Every institution under the Constitution, whether it be the judiciary, the civil service, or, the armed forces, are all being corroded from within and their integrity compromised.”

He said, “These efforts would weaken the Constitution and erode it which constitutes an attack on the fundamental rights of citizens and poses a grave threat to the secular-democratic republic itself.”

Karat said, “This assault had to be resisted and fought back. Only the people can do it as they are ultimately the custodians of the Constitution.”

First Published: Jan 25, 2018 19:56 IST