Hyderabad: Narendra Modi is running “the most centralised” government ever in India’s history, marginalising his Cabinet, BJP and MPs, former Union minister Jairam Ramesh has charged.
Mr Ramesh, a senior Congress leader, also expressed his fear that the country may be moving towards becoming a “illiberal democracy” under Mr Modi’s leadership. “The style of government is one-man government. It’s a very autocratic, authoritarian form of government where only Mr Modi counts...,” Mr Ramesh said.
He said in the 10 months of the NDA rule, the way Lok Sabha has been conducted was “almost dictatorial” in nature.
“For me, the biggest danger that the last one year represents is India could be on the road to becoming an illiberal democracy. We were a liberal democracy but we are on the road to becoming illiberal democracy because we have a very authoritarian figure as Prime Minister who does not believe in consensus, who does not believe in taking people along and who says ‘either my way or highway’,” he said.