New Delhi: RSS ideologue and former BJP general secretary KN Govindacharya has hit out at the Narendra Modi government for shielding ministers who are facing allegations of corruption and impropriety.
Speaking to The Hindu, Govindacharya said the central government’s support to such ministers “speaks of the political dishonesty of the establishment”.
He slammed the NDA government led by Modi by calling it “power-centric”.
It is a “a power-centric, not people-centric government in which issues and values have been given a goodbye”, Govindacharya told the national daily in an interview.
Reacting to a question on the Centre's failure to act against ministers, two of whom are involved in the Lalit Modi controversy, the RSS leader said, “When the Home Minister responds to a demand for resignations of ministers saying that would be fitting for the UPA but not the NDA, people draw their own conclusions.”
The people “are driven by morality, not legalities… the message in faraway villages is that something wrong has been committed by those who spoke of zero tolerance for corruption. People understand the concept of a quid pro quo. The perception is that influential and powerful people oblige each other – and this message has also gone down to the party’s own MPs, MLAs and panchayat members,” Govindacharya told The Hindu.
He said further the controversies have hurt Modi's credibility and that he “is an intelligent, knowledgeable person” to have understood the extent of damage.
“I hope political sense will prevail before Parliament resumes… Electoral defeats and successes are just a passing phase but goodwill and credibility among the people needs to be safeguarded,” he added.
Just days ago, Govindacharya had said that Sushma Swaraj and Vasundhara Raje should quit on moral grounds in the wake of the Lalit Modi controversy as from common man's perception they are "guilty".
"They should do it like Advani had done it, Lal Bahadur Shastri, Sharad Yadav. There are many such examples and it will benefit the party," Govindacharya had said when asked whether the External Affairs Minister and the Rajasthan Chief Minister should resign in the wake of the raging row over the former IPL commissioner.