Anyone speaking against government is dubbed traitor, anti-national by BJP: Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut
Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut charged that cases of sedition are being lodged against everyone these days and people are booked under the law even for domestic violence cases.
Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut on Friday in a blistering attack on the Modi government said that anyone speaking the truth is dubbed as a "traitor" or "anti-national". Before recalling the cases, he said that cases of sedition have been slapped against those criticising the government.
Speaking in the Rajya Sabha while participating in the debate on the Motion of Thanks on the President's address, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said farmers fighting for their rights have been branded as anti-nationals or Khalistanis.
"We heard minister Dharmendra Pradhan asking us to listen to the truth. For the last six years, we have been listening to the truth, even the untruth dubbed as truth. The atmosphere in the country today is such that anyone writing the truth is dubbed as a traitor and anti-national," he alleged.
"Cases of sedition are slapped on anyone asking questions from the government," he said, citing examples of MPs like Sanjay Singh, Shashi Tharoor and journalists and writers.
Slamming further, Raut said it appears the Modi government has replaced the Indian Penal Code and all its provisions with sedition charges. Sedition cases are being filed against everyone for different violations and even the cases of domestic violence are being treated as sedition by the BJP, alleged Raut.
"Defaming the farmers' agitation is not a good thing for the country, for farmers and for all," he said.
The Sena member said even though they respected the Prime Minister, who has got a majority to rule, "but, the majority is not run by arrogance," he said.
People like them (Goswami) and Kangana Ranaut are seen as patriots by the Modi government, he added.
Shifting focus to the Republic Day violence in Delhi, the Shiv Sena MP asked why over 200 farmers have been arrested and nearly 100 youths missing since the violence, but the key accused Deep Sidhu continues to remain at large.