PM Narendra Modi’s Independence speech lacked vision: Sitaram Yechury

Sitaram Yechury said scrapping Planning Commission would affect welfare activities for poor and downtrodden.

By: Press Trust of India | Thiruvananthapuram | Updated: August 15, 2014 6:24 pm
yechury-m CPI-M politburo member said ‘the budget session of the Parliament ended on Thursday and there was not a hint on this important issue’. (Source: PTI)

CPI-M politburo member Sitaram Yechury on Friday said the Independence day speech of Prime Minister Narendra Modi lacked vision and took serious exception to the decision to do away with the Planning Commission.

“He is still in the hangover of election and speech looked like an poll campaign one,” Yechury told a meet-the-press programme here.

The speech made by Modi was not like that of a Prime Minister was expected to make from the Red Fort as it lacked vision, Yechury said.

Taking serious exception to the decision to do away with the Planning Commission, Yechury said it would have serious consequences in the country.

All the people oriented programmes of the government were being monitored by the Commission and if it was scrapped, welfare activities for poor and downtrodden would be affected.

“The budget session of the Parliament ended on Thursday and there was not a hint on this important issue,” he said, adding, Centre has not consulted with Opposition on Planning Commission issue.

Stating that Modi’s message ignored to present new government foreign policy, especially with regard to resolving issues with neighbouring countries, he said “there was no mention of Pakistan.”

Normally, Independence day speech used to spell out the initiatives of the government to iron out the issues with neighbouring countries, he pointed out.

Prime Minister mentioned about ‘proxy war of Pakistan’ only two days ago, but there was nothing in the Independence day speech on that. Similar were the issues related to illegal migration from Bangladesh, which he mentioned recently, Yechury said.

Taking a dig at Modi on his appeal to end communal and caste violence in the country, Yechury said it was actually an appeal to RSS and not people.

One thing was clear from the Independence message, “coming days are struggle against economic conditions and communal polarisation by the activities of RSS,” he added.

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  1. T
    Aug 17, 2014 at 5:18 pm
    What an audacity? Visionless communists talking about lack of vision within current Government. Did you suggest anything to improve "vision" of CONgress/UPA that you supported? Indian electorate reposed its faith in CONgress/UPA for almost continuous 60 years. Alas, only to keep India ALMOST where British left. Except for creating a few privileged elites who have nothing to do with India with children studying/living overseas - who would only come back to maintain dynasty of power grab, most remain poor and in purchasing parity terms probably worst off than their pre-independence ancestors. The communists supported them to the fullest. Where was your vision when some of the countries who were in similar conditions 68 years ago are now almost in the first world category while the visionless rulers of India kept it backward? The mess (that was not exposed earlier) left by the previous government is beyond your wildest guess!