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India’s BJP defends the super-rich by giving wealth redistribution policy a sectarian colour during polls

The Chief Election commissioner, Shri Rajiv Kumar, along with election commissioners Shri Gyanesh Kumar and Dr Sukhbir Singh Sandhu addressing a press conference on announce the schedule for the general elections to the Lok Sabha and the state legislative assemblies 2024, in New Delhi on 16 March 2024 - WIKIMEDIA

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Voting for the first three phases in India’s general elections has concluded. A centre-left coalition of parties and the right-wing incumbent coalition are vying for votes and clashing over the issues of wealth and income redistribution in the country.

The Congress Party, leading the centre-left INDIA alliance, has accused the Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) central government of failing to take appropriate policy decisions to curb inequality.

However, instead of acknowledging the need to address inequality, the BJP has twisted the claims and accused Congress of planning to rob people’s “hard-earned wealth”.

During election speeches, Prime Minister Narendra Modi claimed that Congress is planning to take wealth away from the people of the religious majority community (Hindus) to give it to minority Muslims. He said the latter are “infiltrators and produce more children”.

In its manifesto, Congress has promised to conduct a nationwide socioeconomic and caste census and take measures to “address the growing inequality of wealth and income through suitable changes in policies”.

Its leaders have also loosely talked about redirecting billions of dollars of tax benefits given to the corporate houses under the current government to the country’s marginalised sections. However, though it defended the need for social and economic justice, fearing polarisation on religious lines following Modi’s explicit allegations, Congress appeared reluctant to articulate how it plans to achieve that agenda. It outrightly denied it had ever planned to impose wealth or inheritance tax on the country’s super-rich. – Peoples Dispatch/Globetrotter News Service

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Benedict Lopez
22 May 2024 8.58pm

Well, for all its shortcomings at least India is the world’s largest democracy that has had free and fair elections every five years. A remarkable feat by any measure since independence in 1947.

Aliran seems to be uploading negative articles on India, but nothing negative is uploaded a particular totalitarian regime. I wonder why.

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