Modi government is following divert and rule, says Arundhati Roy

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Noted author and activist Arundhati Roy said on Thursday that the BJP will try to derail everything with ‘some surprise attack’ in the run up to the 2019 general elections.

Slamming Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led NDA government, the Booker-winning novelist told reporters in Delhi that people mustn’t allow their “attention to stray from even when strange events befall us”.

“Modi government is following divert and rule. We will not know from where and how and when and what kind of fireball is going to fall on us. They are trying to distract us,” Roy said. She also slammed the government for its “anti-Dalit,” “anti-poor” and “anti-minority” policies such as demonetisation and the roll-out of the GST.

“While the poor have suffered enormously, several corporations close to the BJP have multiplied their wealth several times over. Businessmen like Nirav Modi and Vijay Mallya have run away with thousands of crores of public money while the government looked away,” Roy was quoted by IANS.

Roy was joined by MLA Jignesh Mevani along with several other civil society members at the Delhi Press Club to protest against against the Maharashtra police for launching a “vicious and malafide attack” against human rights activists across the country and called for an immediate end to “such political acts of vendetta”.

A joint statement issued by them said that the arrests of the five activists, in a nationwide crackdown on Tuesday, highlighted the violation of all due procedures and was a mockery of the legal system.

The signatories to the statement included Roy, lawyer Prashant Bhushan, activists Aruna Roy, Bezwada Wilson and Mevani among scores of others, reported news agency PTI.

This came a day after Roy likened the activists’ arrests to ‘a coup against the Constitution.’ On Thursday, she said, “It is a very dire situation, potentially more dangerous than the Emergency.”

Pune police had on Tuesday arrested lawyer-activist Sudhar Bharadwaj and civil liberties activists Gautam Navlakha, Vernon Gonsalves, Arun Fereira and P. Varavara Rao from different parts of India, triggering a massive outcry.

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