Launching a scathing attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, senior Supreme Court lawyer and Rajya Sabha member Ram Jethmalani on Sunday accused the PM of “ cheating” the people for which he should be “punished”. He is a former Law Minister in the Vajpayee government.
Jethmalani urged the people of Bihar to vote for Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and defeat the BJP-led NDA in the Assembly polls.“I would appeal to the people here to vote for Nitish Kumar to defeat the Bhartiya Janata Party… Prime Minister Narendra Modi should suffer a defeat in Bihar because he has cheated people of the country,” he told journalists.
He further said “Modi has cheated the people. He must suffer a defeat (in the Bihar polls). He must be punished.” If I had a vote, I would today vote for Nitish Kumar because I want Modi to suffer a defeat, he added.
The senior lawyer said Bihar should be the starting point. “Defeat them (BJP).. They have made Ram Jethmalani a fool but the people will not be fooled in Bihar,” said Jethmalani.
Today I have come here to do ‘penance’ for what I did by promoting Narendra Modi as the leader of the country (before the Lok Sabha polls). I thought that God has sent him as his ‘Aulia’ (representative) for India’s salvation…How I became the victim of fraud,” said the veteran lawyer who was here to fight for the cause of army personnel’s demand for “One Rank One Pension”.
The 92-year-old senior lawyer said both the UPA and Modi-led government at the Centre did nothing to bring black money from foreign tax havens and held both P Chidambaram and Arun Jaitley responsible for the failure to disclose the names of persons holding the black money.
German government had the names of 1,400 people who have stashed their money in tax havens abroad and the German government was ready to part with the information with the Indian government free of cost but with a rider that there should be a written request from the government, he said.
He said he had written a two-line letter to BJP leaders and none of them signed the letter. “As per a BJP task force committee, there are $1,500 billion, which is equivalent to Rs 90 lakh crore lying in tax havens,” he added. Jethmalani was expelled from BJP in 2013 for six years for having publicly rebelled against then party president Nitin Gadkari.