Congress chief Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday stated that Iraq’s dictator Saddam Hussein and Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi used to win elections as nicely, as he scaled up his assault on Prime Minister Narendra Modi for India’s dwindling standing in international democracy metrics.
“Saddam Hussein and Gaddafi used to have elections. They used to win them. It wasn’t like they weren’t voting however there was no institutional framework to guard that vote,” he stated In a web-based interplay with Brown University professor Ashutosh Varshney, school and college students.
“An election will not be merely individuals going and urgent a button on a voting machine. An election is about narrative. An election is about establishments that make it possible for the framework within the nation is working correctly, an election is in regards to the judiciary being fare and a debate going down in parliament. So you want these issues for a vote to depend,” he stated.
Live: My interplay with Prof Ashutosh Varshney, school & college students of Brown University. https://t.co/1goKjIgp9H
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) March 16, 2021
Mr Gandhi’s feedback got here days after he claimed India is “now not” a democratic nation, quoting media studies of a Sweden-based institute downgrading India to an “electoral autocracy” citing a “decline in democratic freedoms” since PM Modi took workplace in 2014.
The transfer by Sweden’s V-Dem Institute got here shortly after one other international report by US government-funded NGO Freedom House that downgraded India’s standing from “free” to “partly free” and claimed that “political rights and civil liberties have eroded in India since Narendra Modi turned prime minister in 2014”.
The authorities has strongly rebutted the Freedom House report and known as it “deceptive, incorrect and misplaced” whereas asserting that the nation has nicely established democratic practices.