Gujarat MLA Jignesh Mewani pulled no punches as he addressed a gathering of about 3000 people at Saras Baug, Pune, on the occasion of the anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’s assassination on Thursday. “We have held back, been restrained so long. No longer; PM Modi is a characterless man. Who else would have got state machinery to stalk a young woman in Gujarat? The cops even knew when she checked into a hotel!”
In November 2013, Cobrapost uploaded an exchange over the phone between Amit Shah, who had served as minister of state for home in Gujarat, and IPS officer GL Singhal. The taped conversation revealed that a woman was being snooped on by police, under instructions from “Saheb,” widely assumed to be Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who at the time was chief minister of Gujarat.
Mewani said the Citizenship Amendment Act and the controversy around it was one way for Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his supporters to divert attention from the sorry state of the economy, the lack of jobs and huge corruption. At least Rs 20 lakh crore has been lost to the nation through the government’s largesse to corporate houses in the time since Modi assumed office as prime minister, he said. “We have still to see the Prime Minister’s degree certificate, and now all Indians are expected to produce documentary evidence of being citizens–what happens to those who have lost their homes and their documents in floods? Adivasis, nomadic communities, those who have been displaced by natural or man-made calamities–how will they get documents?”