The CPI (M) on Monday denounced the government over the formation of the Ministry of Cooperation, alleging that the Union Home Minister, Amit Shah, taking charge of the new ministry, is a “double strategy” aimed at obtaining electoral gains and obtaining funds held in the cooperative sector.
The government recently announced the formation of a separate Union Ministry of Cooperation, a subject previously dealt with by the Ministry of Agriculture. In the July 7 cabinet reshuffle, Shah was put in charge of the new ministry.
“The Union Minister of the Interior who takes charge of the cooperatives has a dual strategy. A direct attack on the fundamental characteristic of the Constitution; federalism. The control of cooperatives which have direct mass contact with the people must be used for the electoral gains of the BJP. This is to undermine the influence of regional parties to strengthen the BJP to the detriment of the destruction of the Indian Constitution. Cooperatives under Annex 7 of the Constitution are a state subject.
“After plundering public sector banks by giving out huge non-repayable loans to their cronies who looted and deserted the country, the Modi government is now considering huge funds in the cooperative sector for similar loot securing political funding,” Communist Party of India (Marxist) general Secretary Sitaram Yechury said in a series of tweets.