The strongest opposition party Jobbik has criticised Prime Minister Viktor Orban for his recent plan to call on voters to contribute money to finance the government’s campaign against US billionaire George Soros, and said the move was “false and impertinent”.
“The richest party, or the richest business (in Hungary), is now begging voters for money… Thousands of billions of forints have disappeared, over which Orban alone now disposes, and this man is now asking voters for money,”
Jobbik MP Gyorgy Szilagyi told a press conference on Wednesday.
Szilagyi noted that ruling Fidesz’s voter base were mostly seniors, many below the poverty line, “whom now the prime minister is asking for contributions”. Szilagyi said the existence of an alleged “Soros plan” has not been ascertained, and suggested that if there is such a scheme, “it is about Soros helping his people to power at the time of the regime change (1989)… including Viktor Orban.” “In that case, Fidesz is fighting itself,” he added.
While Fidesz’s policy is “based on hatred and fear”, Jobbik would build democracy and a transparent economy, Szilagyi said.
Orban announced on Tuesday that he would contact supporters by mail and ask them for donations to help his party “protect Hungary from the activities of US financier George Soros”.