Communist Party of India (CPI-M) senior leader Sitaram Yechury today ridiculed the BJP for projecting Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi as its prime ministerial candidate, saying that history has shown that whichever party projected its prime ministerial candidate lost the elections.
Talking to reporters here after campaigning for Adv Tanaji Jaibhave of Nashik LS constituency and Hemant Waghere of Dindori LS constituency, Mr Yechury further said that late Indira Gandhi had projected herself similarly and lost the election.
“Later, BJP had projected its leader Atal Bihari Vajpayee, after completing one term, in ‘India Shining’ campaign and the party lost. On the contrary, persons who were not in the public mind became prime ministers like former PM Mr Vajpayee, Devi Gowda and Manmohan Singh.”
Hence the PM is decided after the elections, he reasoned. He alleged that Mr Modi was giving heavy concessions and tax exemptions to few companies and therefore the corporate sector was cheering for Mr Modi.
“When Tata set up the Nano plant in Gujarat, the cost of the car was Rs one lakh and the company received a subsidy of Rs 60,000 per car or 60 per cent,” he alleged.
“So why will the corporate sector not sing Mr Modi’s tunes?” Mr Yechury questioned. He criticised the development model of Gujarat and alleged that the BJP-led government there had bought farmland at cheap price from farmers and sold it to companies at cheaper rates.