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Ballot announcement mockery of democracy: Yechury

New Delhi, Feb 18: CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury took a dig at the Narendra Modi government on Thursday over the announcement of by-election to over 12,500 panchayat seats in Jammu and Kashmir, saying it was a “mockery of democracy.”

The
Union Territory’s Chief Electoral Officer Shailender Kumar said polling would
be held from March 5 to March 20 and ballots would be used for casting votes.

“After
arresting major political leaders & workers under draconian PSA on flimsy
charges, now this mockery of democracy. Time has come for Modi government to
declare J&K as a jail. Appoint a Jail warden not a Lt. Governor. The Modi
govt will be held to account on this (sic),” CPI(M) general secretary
Yechury tweeted.

He
also slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his remarks at a summit on
Wednesday that only 2,200 people in the country had declared earnings of Rs one
crore per annum.

“Modi’s
complete disrespect for facts or data or the truth, shows up all the time. The
only tricks they all have is spin and Goebbels-like propaganda,” Yechury
said quoting reports that the data stated by Modi on taxpayers was wrong.

“As
per Modi, every Indian is a thief while his party is the one that has usurped
crores secretly through opaque electoral bonds. If no one pays tax, what has
Modi done over past 6 years? Didn’t he unleash demonetisation claiming that it
would end all black money & tax evasion? (sic),” the CPI(M) general
secretary said.

In his speech at the
Times Now Summit, Modi had said, “In the last five years, more than 1.5
crore cars have been sold in the country. Over three crore Indians went abroad
for work or travel. But the situation is that only one-and-a-half crore people
in our country of more than 130 crore pay income tax.”

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