Former Union minister Arun Shourie hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi accusing him of running a one-man "presidential government", the direction of which was "dangerous" for India.
Shourie, who was Cabinet minister in the Vajpayee government, called the Modi government "a presidential government without checks and balances" and said that the direction of the government under his supervision "is not good for India".
In an interview to Karan Thapar for India Today TV's "To The Point" programme, he spoke on two years of the Modi government and warned that over the next three years he expected "a more systematic attempt to curb civil liberties" and an increase in "decentralized intimidation" besides "choking" of "inconvenient voices".
Comparing Modi with leaders like Indira Gandhi and Jayalalithaa, Shourie accused Modi of indulging in narcissism, which he described as both "self-love to an exaggerated extent and insecurity", and Machiavellism, which meant that he "exploits events to his benefit", the channel said.
Shourie said prime minister's "attitude to people is to use and throw them". He treats people "like paper napkins" and was "remorseless", he alleged.
When asked about an impression that it was his hurt pride and anger at not becoming finance minister that made him criticize Modi, Shourie said "anybody who thinks like that thinks poorly of him. Let them think like that."