Mumbai, December 24: The Maharashtra Congress, strongly criticised the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party-Shiv Sena for preventing their silent, peaceful rally to protest against demonetisation here this afternoon during Modi’s visit.
Mumbai Congress President Sanjay Nirupam said in a statement that he “has been placed under house arrest by the police since Friday night” and not permitted to leave his home in Andheri.
“What is this, Prime Minister Modi? We are a democracy, this is like a Hitler-Raj… We are not allowed to even raise our grievances in a peaceful manner. The media is barred from meeting me and I am placed under house arrest,” Nirupam said.
In another stinging attack, Maharashtra Congress spokesperson Sachin Sawant said “it is clear the BJP government appears to be extremely scared and perturbed and is unable to accept even a silent protest.”
“We condemn the step of Maharashtra government to put Nirupam under house arrest. It is a Black Day for Indian democracy… this act confirms the fact that the BJP government has a sadist and fascist mindset, which deny the citizens’ basic fundamental and constitutional right to protest peacefully,” Sawant added.
Following the ‘jal-pujan’ and ‘bhoomi-puja’ for the Shivaji memorial, Modi left for Bandra Kurla Complex in central Mumbai for several other engagements and a public rally. PM is here for a day-long events today.