Union ministers and BJP leaders responded to the industrialist and Bajaj Group Chairperson Rahul Bajaj’s concern over the lack of confidence among corporates to criticise the government.
Bajaj directed questions to Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Home Minister Amit Shah and Railway Minister Piyush Goyal at a media function.
"Seeking an answer was better than spreading one's own impressions that would gain traction," said Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.
Railway Minister Piyush Goyal opined that there is no need for any fear in this society.
The industrialist pointed to the absence of effective action against lynchings, and the remark of Bhopal MP Pragya Singh Thakur praising Nathuram Godse in Parliament.
“You are doing good work for sure, but if any of us want to openly criticise you, there is no confidence that you will appreciate the statement. During the second term of the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance, we had the right to abuse anyone,” said Bajaj.
Union home minister Amit Shah strongly condemned MP Pragya Thakur's comments praising Mahatma Gandhi's assassin Nathuram Godse. He said that Defence Minister Rajnath Singh's stand and party's actions were already against her.
Controversial MP Thakur caused a stir in the parliament during DMK member A Raja’s narration of a statement by Nathuram Godse, where she called Godse a "deshbhakt".
Amit Shah assured that the Modi government has been criticized in the media continuously and if there is an atmosphere then it should be changed.
He also wants people to visit Kashmir and see for themselves that the situation is perfectly normal there.
“Home Minister AmitShah has answered on how issues raised by Shri. Rahul Bajaj was addressed. The questions are not just heard, they are answered too. It’s always better to seek an answer than spreading one’s own impressions that would gain traction and can hurt national interest,” tweeted Sitharaman.