New Delhi: Left parties on Monday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of not keeping his promise of giving a "corruption-free" government, and staged nation-wide protests seeking action against senior BJP leaders for their alleged role in Lalit Modi row, Vyapam scam and other controversies.
"On completion of one year of his Government, Modi had boasted that no corruption case surfaced during the period. But, we told them to wait as there were no corruption charges against UPA government too until sixth or seventh year.
"But even before the NDA government could complete a year, we got to see so many scams coming out. Modi had promised a corruption-free government, but it has been failed so early," CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury said while addressing the protesters here.
Yechury reiterated the stand of Left parties that senior BJP leaders involved in Lalit Modi controversy like External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje should step down from their respective post until the matter was being probed.
Terming Vyapam scam as a "deadly combination of crime and corruption", the Rajya Sabha member said Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan too should be removed from his post until a court-monitored CBI probe was over in the matter.
On Modi allegedly keeping quiet over the corruption charges, Yechury took a dig at the Prime Minister of turning "Maunendra Modi".
"He would poke at previous Prime Minister Manmohan Singh calling him Maunmohan Singh for not speaking up. Now the otherwise outspoken Modi, is keeping silence on the corruption charges against his Government. He has become Maunendra Modi," Yechury quipped.