New Delhi: Union minister Ram Vilas Paswan finds the Modi of today much different from the Modi of 2002, when he had resigned from the Atal Behari Government in protest against the Gujarat riots.
In an interview with Dainik Bhaskar, the veteran Dalit leader said that “Modi has changed a lot. Everyone has given him a clean-chit. In Mann Ki Baat, he even talked about the Prophet. This is something even a Maulana won’t do,” he said.
People are killed in name of caste
Paswan said that the Modi Government was not responsible for the violence during and after the Bharat Bandh on the issue of SC, ST Atrocities Act. “Such incidents have been taking place in the country. There is nothing new about it. People are killed in the name of caste,” he said.
Answering questions about Bihar, Paswan defended the state chief minister Nitish Kumar’s decision to align with the BJP. “At that time, Nitish Kumar had three alternatives – corruption, good governance and elections. Frequent elections are not good. He took the correct decision.” He ruled out an alliance between the RJD and his Lok Janshakti Party (LJP). “There is no question,” he said.
‘Never thought about retirement’
Pawan, who is 72, does not think that there should be any age for retirement from politics. “It should be left to the people. When Moraraji was elected PM, he was 85. When Jaiprakash Narayan changed the country’s political scenario, he was 75. “I have never thought about retirement,” he said.