BJP Playing Fear Card to Get Votes: Sitaram Yechuri

CPI-M leader Sitaram Yechuri holding a press conference in Patna on Tuesday.

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Patna: Communist Party of India (M) leader Sitaram Yechuri, at a press conference in Patna on Tuesday accused the NDA of violating election code of conduct by playing with the emotions of voters by weaponizing patriotism to its advantage.

"Prime Minister Narendra Modi, flouting the electoral code of conduct, is inciting the crowd by using Indian military force and those who gave their lives fighting for the nation. We have filed a written complaint against this despicable act of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)," the communist leader said.

Accusing the BJP of avoiding the real issues that are faced by millions of poor and middle class people of India, Yechuri said that since the Prime Minister could not make his case on economy or other important issues, he was creating an atmosphere of fear by continuing to raise the specter of violence and terrorism.

"By promoting violent groups like 'Go-Raksha', 'Anti-Romeo' that have roots in communal disturbance, the BJP wants to divide the nation into small pieces for political gains. He continues to talk about using nuclear bomb when no one else is talking about it. Because of this, he has tarnished the image of India in the eyes of other countries," he said.

Yechuri further said that the NDA was using its power to intimidate political opponents and was trying to implicate CPI-M candidate from Begusarai and former JNU students' union leader Kanhaiya Kumar in false criminal cases.

As noted, Kanhaiya Kumar is going against BJP's Giriraj Singh and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) candidate Tanveer Hassan in the fourth phase of the elections to be held on April 29.


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