Why doesn't PM Modi address the media, is he afraid, asks Siddaramaiah

Modi is afraid that the media will ask him tough questions, Siddaramaiah said

Siddaramaiah CLP leader Siddaramaiah | Twitter handle of ANI

Leader of opposition in Karnataka assembly Siddaramaiah said the NDA government has pushed the country into bankruptcy.

Slamming the BJP government at the Centre, which completed its first year of its second term in office, Siddaramaiah said youths, farmers and workers have suffered gross injustice during the current regime and added that this is the sole achievement of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The former chief minister sought to know why the prime minister had given a written statement and not addressed a press conference. "He does not address the press because he is afraid that the media will ask him tough questions," Siddaramaiah said.

Criticising Modi government for listing the resolution of Ayodhya issue, abolition of Triple Talaq and abrogation of Article 370 in Kashmir as its achievements, he said, "The Ayodhya verdict was the Supreme court ruling and the Centre had nothing to do with it. Likewise, the government has issued executive orders in the case of Triple Talaq and Article 370, which is no great achievement."

Siddaramaiah demanded to know why Modi had not uttered a single word on poverty, unemployment or the plight of farmers, women or the GDP. "The GDP has slumped to 4.2 per cent, the lowest in the last 11 years, perhaps lower than Sri Lanka, Nepal, Pakistan and Bangladesh. I foresee a negative growth in GDP. The PM should reveal the progress made in the agriculture, industries and service sectors and what is the extent of investments coming in," he added.

"The Modi government calls itself pro-farmer, but gives a paltry sum of Rs 500 a month as income support and even the APMC Act has been amended though it is bound to spell doom for farmers. The Centre is putting pressure on the state governments to amend the labour laws and extend working hours. At least 80 migrant workers traveling by train have died due to lack of food and medicines," alleged Siddaramaiah.

"The 20 lakh crore package is a big joke. Both the PM and CM (B. S. Yediyurappa) have failed to contain the spread of coronavirus. If only the government had suspended the international flights in advance, cancelled the Trump event and barred Tablighi meeting, the virus would not have spread in India," the Congress leader said.