PM Modi Criticizes Opposition for Accusing BJP of Plans to Change Constitution

Jaipur, 13th April 2024: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during a campaign rally in Rajasthan on Friday, criticized the opposition parties for claiming that the BJP would attempt to “change the Constitution” if it wins the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. Modi emphasized that his government respects the Constitution and argued that even Babasaheb Ambedkar himself would not be able to abolish it today.

Speaking at a rally in Barmer, Modi stated, “The Constitution of the country is central to the (BJP) government and even if Babasaheb Ambedkar himself were present, he could not abolish the Constitution.” He accused the Congress party of aligning with anti-national forces and criticized the opposition INDIA bloc for allegedly working to undermine the nation.

Responding to the INDIA bloc, Modi claimed that the Congress party is attempting to “destroy the Constitution” by imposing emergency measures in the country.

“The Congress attempted to dismantle the Constitution by imposing an emergency and now it uses the Constitution as a shield to attack Modi,” the prime minister said.

Last month, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi accused the BJP of seeking to undermine Babasaheb’s Constitution after BJP MP Anantkumar Hegde’s comment that the party needs a two-thirds majority to amend the Constitution. The BJP later clarified that Hegde’s statement was his “personal opinion” and sought his explanation.

Modi also raised concerns about the Congress party’s election manifesto, which includes a stance on nuclear disarmament. He questioned whether India, given its proximity to nuclear-armed neighbours, should consider such a move.

Earlier in the day, Rahul Gandhi addressed a campaign rally in Tamil Nadu, where he again accused the BJP of trying to change India’s Constitution if the party retains power. Gandhi expressed concern about the perceived decline in India’s democratic reputation, suggesting the country is no longer seen as a leading example of democracy.