AGARTALA, April 6 - Making an empathic call to save democracy in India, CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury on Saturday alleged that the spirit of the Constitution has been hit during the Narendra Modi and Amit Shah regime.
There has been attempts to �influence� constitutional bodies like the Election Commission of India (ECI) and CBI that had never happened in independent India, he said, addressing an election rally in front of Rabindra Bhavan here for Left Front candidates for Tripura�s two Parliamentary seats.
Yechury said GST and demonetisation had severely dented the country�s economy, pushing unemployment to an alarming level.
Opposition leader Manik Sarkar, Left Front convener Bijan Dhar and CPI(M) state secretary Gautam Das were present in the rally.
Yechury also took a dig at the BJP over the nationalism issue. �In the Modi regime, we become anti-national whenever the opposition raises its voice against misuse of the Army or armed forces. Before the Balakot strike, we had stood behind the government in the country�s interests,� he said.
He said the Communists would continue to stand behind the government when it comes to the nation�s interest but disapprove the use of the success of the armed forces for poll mileage.
He mocked Modi�s slogan �Main bhi chowkidar�, saying �The country doesn�t need a chowkidar. What is needed is a man, who is respectful to the Constitution,� he said.
�If you want to save the hard-earned democracy, ouster of Modi is a must in the coming Parliamentary elections. There is a need to install a secular government,� he said.