Sonia Gandhi tears into Modi govt, says nation led by 'regressive vision'

Sonia Gandhi tears into Modi govt, says nation led by 'regressive vision'

Andrew Cummings
March 10, 2018

The former president of Congress and the ex president of UPA, Sonia enthused confidence that Congress would do well in the assembly elections of Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan giving a setback to Modi.

She also mentioned that 'callous remarks about changing the Constitution of India point to a deliberate attempt to subvert the very essence of India'. "But we never made a show of it", she said. "Parliamentary rules are not followed under the current government".

"Our country, our society, our freedoms, all are now under systematic and sustained assault", she cautioned while taking a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi alleged silence on many issues. Another question we can ask ourselves is - how come the person who was incharge of that institution was given a cushy job right after his retirement?

"Fear and intimidation are the order of the day".

That is a reference to the government, together with the BJP and the party's allied and often organizations supported by gangs of vigilantes, harrying Muslims, attacking and quelling critics, and even killing people suspected of eating beef. "One must be told about these things", Gandhi said. The Congress leader said it was an issue but an exaggerated one. The judiciary is in turmoil. Civil society is being silenced.RTI was brought in to enhance transparency and fight corruption.

Gandhi alleged that RTI and RTI activists are being killed and that Aadhaar is being used as "an intrusive instrument of control".

She also criticised the way that the government ignored what had been achieved by past governments.

"Was India really a giant black hole?" before the BJP-led government came to power in 2014, she asked. Did India march to progress, prosperity and greatness just 4 years ago? Is it not an insult to the intelligence of our people (to suggest so)? "Unlike Vajpayee, this BJP govt doesn't respect parliament procedures", she charged. Following this, the Congress party shared a video on its Twitter account which was later termed by PK Basu as a doctored video. Gandhi, 71, who was Congress president for 19 years, was replaced by her son Rahul last year after internal party elections. "If there is no scope for debate, we might as well shut down and go home".

However, Gandhi noted that the Congress also needs to develop a new style of connecting with people at the organisational level.

Saying "that is a very hard question", she also avoided saying whether Congress could survive as a viable political party without a Gandhi in charge, or whether it would break up.

Sonia, however, pointed out that Rahul said at the meeting of the last Congress Working Committee that senior leaders would not be removed and there would be a balance of youth and experience.

UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi on Friday launched a direct attack against the Modi government, alleging that freedom of the people was "under systematic and sustained assault" as provocative statements from the ruling establishment were neither random nor accidental but "part of a risky design".

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