Saying India’s democracy is passing through its most tumultuous times, Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi on Sunday attacked the Centre over the “anti-agriculture” farm laws, poor management of the pandemic, economic slowdown, and atrocities against Dalits.
Gandhi was presiding over a meeting of AICC General Secretaries and state-in-charges for the first time after a major organisational reshuffle last month.
“Your responsibility is even more onerous and important as our democracy is passing through its most tumultuous times. There is a designed attack on our Constitution and our democratic traditions. Our country is ruled by a Government, which is systematically bartering the interests of our citizens at the altar of profiteering by handful of Crony Capitalists,” she told party leaders.
“Your responsibility is even more onerous and important as our democracy is passing through its most tumultuous times. There is a designed attack on our Constitution and our democratic traditions,” she said.
Congress chief said the current Government is systematically bartering the interests of the country’s citizens at the altar of profiteering by handful of Crony Capitalists.
Modi Govt attacked foundation of India’s resilient agrarian economy
Gandhi took a dig at the Modi Government and said that the current BJP Government has attacked the very foundation of India’s resilient agrarian economy by bringing in three anti-agriculture Black Laws.
“A conspiracy has been hatched to defeat the gains of ‘Green Revolution’. Lives and livelihoods of crores of farm laborers, lease hold farmers, small and marginal farmers, toiling laborers & small shopkeepers are under attack. It is our solemn duty to join hands to defeat this sinister conspiracy,” she pointed out.
Poor management of coronavirus pandemic
Congress chief also accused the government of pushing the country into an “abyss” due to poor management of the coronavirus pandemic.
“All this happened as we witnessed the biggest unplanned, unmanaged & cruel migration of crores of migrant laborers as Govt. remained a mute spectator to their miseries. The stark truth is that a Prime Minster, who promised to defeat Corona within 21 days, has abdicated his and his Govt’s responsibility towards the citizens. There is neither a plan nor strategic thinking, solution or way ahead in the fight against Corona,” she added.
BJP Govt demolished India’s economy
Accusing the BJP government of “demolishing” the economy, Sonia Gandhi said Modi Government built painstakingly by the hard work of fellow Indians and the vision of successive Congress Governments.
“Never has the country witnessed such a free-fall in GDP as also all other economic indices,” said Sonia Gandhi.
The Congress president said: “Today, the young have no jobs. Nearly 14 Crore jobs have been lost. Small and Medium businesses, small shopkeepers and other small enterprises are shutting at an unprecedented pace, yet an uncaring Govt. remains a mute spectator. So much so, Government of India is now failing to honor even its Constitutional responsibilities. The share of GST compensation is being denied to the States. How will the State Governments help our people, if GOI was to renege on its Constitutional obligations? This must be a first example of economic anarchy being spread by the Central Government.”
Atrocities on Dalits
“Atrocities on Dalits have reached a new zenith. Instead of honoring the law and granting adequate protection to India’s daughters, BJP Govt’s are siding with the criminals,” Sonia Gandhi said in the wake of protests over the death of a 19-year-old Dalit girl, who was gangraped by four upper caste Hindu men in UP’s Hathras.
“The voice of oppressed families is being suppressed by the agencies of the State. Is this the new ‘Raj Dharma’?”