Report By Samaah Saleem| Mount Carmel College Student Bengaluru | Last Updated at Dec 3 2019
Charges of economic intolerance are gaining currency. Industrialist Rahul Bajaj spoke out at an event last week attended by Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Railways and Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal. The senior ministers were on the stage when Rahul Bajaj said that the industrialists are not sure if they would be spared if they criticised the government’s economic policies.
After stating that former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, the tallest Congress leader of his time, gave him his name, Rahul Bajaj said, “We could abuse anyone during UPA-II rule…. You are doing a good job but there is no confidence that if we criticise you openly, you will appreciate that…No industrialist will speak about it…They are laughing saying ‘go, get crucified’ but I will say openly an environment has to be created.”
The charge made by Rahul Bajaj against the Modi government was denied by Amit Shah in his response when he said, Amit Shah said, “After hearing your question I doubt anybody believes this claim that people are afraid of the government …No one needs to fear anything …still if you say an atmosphere needs to be created, we will have to work for improving the atmosphere as well.” Many senior BJP leaders hit back at the senior industrialists. Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman took to Twitter accusing him of hurting sentiments.
Rahul Bajaj’s comment last week was not an isolated view. Many people supported him.