Slamming him for his remarks, BJP has called out his selective criticism and has said that his claims are false.
In his short address at The Economic Times' ET Awards 2019 in Mumbai, which had Home Minister Amit Shah, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Railway Minister Piyush Goyal on the stage, Bajaj said in a shaky, broken voice, that there was freedom to abuse anyone in the government during former PM Manmohan Singh's tenure, but in the present time, industrialists can not openly criticise the Modi government. Defending the Narendra Modi-led Centre further, the Home Minister stated that the government has run in the most transparent way, and we have no fear of any kind of opposition, and if anyone does criticise, we will look at the "merit of the same" and make efforts to improve ourselves. "But, if you are saying that there is such an environment, we need to work to improve this", he said.
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Supporting Bajaj, Shaw had earlier said, "Hope the govt reaches out to India Inc for working out solutions to revive consumption n growth". Soon after, Sitharaman tweeted a video of the ET event to say: "Home Minister @AmitShah answers on how issues raised by Shri".
After raising concerns over the "atmosphere of fear" that has been created in the current BJP regime, Former Chairman of Bajaj Group, Rahul Bajaj is being hit back by several BJP leaders. "Questions/criticisms are heard and answered/addressed". "Always a better way to seek an answer than spreading one's own impressions which, on gaining traction, can hurt national interest", the Minister said.
Sitharaman's tweet came after a series of posts by Puri on Twitter where he suggested that Bajaj's remarks and Shah's response indicate that "democratic values" are "alive & flourishing".More news: Nadler Reacts to White House’s Refusal to Participate in Impeachment Hearings
BJP IT cell head, Amit Malviya, questioned Bajaj's political leanings. "Does national interest lie in praising you!", he tweeted.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had earlier said that he would never forgive Thakur for insulting Mahatma Gandhi by calling his assassin Nathuram Godse a true patriot. "This is exactly what democracy is all about". According to The Quint, Bajaj posed these Home Minister Amit Shah, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Rail Minister Piyush Goyal present at the function, questioning Shah about Bhopal MP Pragya Thakur's Godse remark, asking "if there was a doubt that Godse was a terrorist".More news: From now on, face scans for China's mobile users