All India Congress Committee’s (AICC) spokesperson M.V. Rajeev Gowda accused the BJP government of “destroying democracy bit by bit” and said that it was sending wrong signals to the world. Prof. Gowda reiterated Congress’s demand for a Joint Parliamentary Committee probe into the Adani issue and alleged that the Modi government was scared of this inquiry. He said Mr. Rahul Gandhi’s disqualification was Modi’s ploy to divert people’s attention from the Adani issue. “Mr. Gandhi is being targeted because he has raised serious questions about Mr. Modi’s relationship with the business conglomerate Adani group”.

Gandhi’s allegation that Modi and Adani enjoy a special relationship got a boost from a report by US-based short-seller Hindenburg, which accused Adani of dubious and fraudulent practices, even calling it among the biggest con acts in recent history. Earlier, at a lecture at Cambridge University UK, Rahul Gandhi alleged that democracy in India is under attack and PM Modi is “blowing our country to smithereens” and destroying the architecture of India. Modi is subverting the very fundamentals of India’s democracy – free speech, dissent, and a free press. While paying lip service to parliamentary democracy, this government has shown all the traits of a fascist authoritarian state.

Modi government intends to push through muscular Hindu nationalism where minorities and Muslims are at best second-class citizens.  His rule is projected as an “Amrit Kaal” or golden period and BJP is projected as the only party that can ensure Hindu supremacy.  Recently, American billionaire philanthropist George Soros said that India is “a democracy, but its leader, Narendra Modi, is no democrat.” The entire government and ruling party machinery are engaged in peddling false narratives to extoll Modi and idolize Modi. Therefore, anyone who upholds and speaks of diversity, questions the government, or exposes crony capitalism and corruption is perceived as a threat and crushed. Glorification of one leader and advocating one-party rule in preference to India’s diverse, multiparty federal structure are further indicators of the country’s gradual slide into authoritarianism.