India elections 2024: Union finance minister’s husband Parakala Prabhakar warns of “hate speech” from Red Fort if BJP wins third term

 Parakala Prabhakar
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s husband Parakala Prabhakar claims India’s constitution and map will be changed if BJP comes to power for third term. Photo Courtesy: Wikimedia Commons/ShareAlike 4.0 International

Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s husband and prominent economist Parakala Prabhakar has said no more elections will be held in India if the Bharatiya Janata Party comes to power after winning the upcoming general elections.

In an interview posted on India’s key opposition Congress party’s X page, Parakala Prabhakar was heard as saying: “If this government comes to power for another term then India will never seen another election.”

He claimed India’s constitution and map will change if PM Narendra Modi-led government comes to power for the third straight term.

“You won’t be able to recognise this country,” he said.

He said the PM will himself openly give hate speeches from Red Fort.

“There won’t be any whispering campaign. It’s going to be done openly,” he said.

He said the unrest that gripped Manipur due to the ethnic clashes between Kuki and Meitei communities will become a norm in the nation if the BJP returns to power in India.

Who is Parakala Prabhakar?

He is an Indian political economist and social commentator.

He served as Communications Advisor, held a cabinet rank position in Andhra Pradesh Government between July 2014 and June 2018.  

He served as the official Spokesperson for BJP before joining Praja Rajyam Party

India to vote in seven phases

India will vote in seven phases from April 19 to elect a new Lok Sabha (Lower House of the Indian Parliament).

The counting of votes will take place on June 4.

The election assumes significance as Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government are trying to return to power for the third straight term, a rare incident in India’s political history.

In 2014, Modi led his saffron party to power by beating the Congress, a political outfit which was ruling the nation for two straight terms under former PM Manmohan Singh during that time.

Modi once again formed the government in 2019, marking his second straight term as the PM of the world’s most populated nation.