Rahul Bajaj questions, Amit Shah responds at the ET Awards 2019

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New Delhi, Dec 1 : Industrialist Rahul Bajaj directly asked Union Minister Amit Shah on the Modi government’s perceived aversion to criticism.

Mr Bajaj had at a private event organised by The Economic Times newspaper told Mr Shah that people feared criticising Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his administration for fear of reprisals. “…You are doing good work but if we criticise you there is no confidence that you will appreciate that,” Mr Bajaj said. “In UPA 2 we could criticise anyone,” he added.

The Home Minister denied allegations there was an atmosphere of fear in the country. “No need to fear about anything. The Narendra Modi government has been criticised continuously in media. But, if you are saying that there is such an environment, we need to work to improve this,” Mr Shah responded.

The Congress also weighed in on the issue with a swipe at the BJP. “It can be difficult to speak truth to power. Circumstances however, have made doing so increasingly necessary. Rahul Bajaj stands out for his courage & integrity & for calling a spade a spade,” the Congress tweeted.

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