CWC meeting: Govt trying to extinguish idea of India, must be ready to protect it, says Sonia Gandhi

Senior leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and Karan Singh briefed the CWC on Kashmir. Sonia said the crisis in the state had come to represent the “colossal failure of this government”.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: June 7, 2017 9:22 am
Congress, Manmohan Singh, Sonia Gandhi Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress president Sonia Gandhi, party vice-president Rahul Gandhi and other leaders during the Congress Working Committee (CWC) Meeting at 10 Janpath in New Delhi on Tuesday. PTI Photo

Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday accused the Narendra Modi government of trying to extinguish the “essence and idea of India”, and said the party must be “ready” to protect these in 2019. Addressing the Congress Working Committee, she said there has been a rise in lynch mobs and alleged that a “close ideological affinity” existed between the mobs and the ruling establishment.  “We are not far from the 2019 elections. We must be ready to protect the essence and idea of India, which this government is seeking to extinguish,” she said. Women, Dalits, adivasis, minorities and other oppressed sections are facing perilous times, she added.

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“Divisive issues are being whipped up, and there is an assault on livelihoods and food habits of those who follow different tenets and beliefs. This government is using the power of the state to stifle voices that express different thoughts and ideas, or speak out for alternative policies and philosophies. Whether it is politicians, institutions, students, civil society or the media, there is growing intolerance and active persecution of divergent voices in blatant disregard of the law of the land.”

Former PM Manmohan Singh, too, attacked the government. Talking about GDP numbers released by Central Statistical Office, he said, “India’s economic growth has slowed down sharply, driven sharply by the notebandi announcement of November 2016.” While Gross Value Added has experienced a “steep and sustained fall”, private sector investment has collapsed and the economy is “running on just one engine of public spending”, he said.

The “most worrisome” aspect is the impact on job creation, he said. “Jobs have been extremely hard to come by for the youth of the nation. The construction industry has suffered a contraction… this implies loss of millions of jobs,” he said.

About the three-year record of the Modi government, Sonia said, “Where there was harmony, there is discord. Where there was tolerance, there is provocation. Where there was relative calm, as in Kashmir, there is growing confrontation, tension and fear. Where there was economic potential, there is stagnation. Where there was rich diversity, there is a brazen campaign to straitjacket the whole country into a regressive and narrow-minded worldview.”

Senior leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and Karan Singh briefed the CWC on Kashmir. Sonia said the crisis in the state had come to represent the “colossal failure of this government”. “The insensitive handling of the situation by both the state and central governments are systematically alienating and antagonising the local population… A divisive agenda is being followed which has undone years of goodwill and progress,” she said.

She said the government’s policies were characterised by poor planning and implementation. “It isn’t that the Reserve Bank of India has forgotten how to count money; it is that the actual numbers show that the scheme (demonetisation) was a disaster…. Make in India has failed to create jobs or attract investment. Unemployment is rampant. Farmers are in severe distress, forcing them to commit suicide. Manifesto promises that should have been fulfilled in 2019 are now being shifted to 2022.”

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    viram modhwadia
    Jun 7, 2017 at 5:57 pm
    Yes we are trying very hard to protect our beloved country India from you looter lots. Congress has only one agenda and that is to loot with the help of gardars. Congress is made of all top looters not politicians.
    1. madhusudan Bangalore
      Jun 7, 2017 at 11:37 am
      1. M
        Jun 7, 2017 at 11:47 am
        Do you mean demcracy mukt bharat. All tyrrants in the history have tried to kill opposition. But history has never forgiven them. Now contractors of a specific religion have started destroying social fabric of country. Contractors of all religions are bad for the society. Some Jokers have started training / seminars to promote M mrity. Question should be raised about their intension whether they abide by Constiution of India or not and not by quoting silly unverified incidents without application of mind.
      2. S
        Jun 7, 2017 at 11:34 am
        Can MODI fans ask them self on what NO-MO achieved vs the tall promises he made ? BLACK MONEY - NOTHING HAPPENED , CORRUPITION - INDIA IS AS CORRUPT AS IT WAS, EMPLOYMENT - POEPLE ARE WORRIED ABOUT THEIR JOB , FARM SECTOR -IN DISASTER , SECURITY AND KASHMIR - PASSING THROUGH THE WORST MOMENTS , INTERNAL SITUATIONS IN INDIA - MOST VOLATILE WITH RSS PLOT TO SPLIT AND RULE, this guy is taking india on a disasterous path just like Donlad TRUMP taking America ...but both people have their fans becoming more sure about their superman powers.
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          Nat M
          Jun 7, 2017 at 11:08 am
          Indeed, the government is trying to extinguish the idea of LOOT INDIA which the nation has inherited from YOU and AP and others in your party and your ociates like the DMK, RJD etc. Full support to MODI in this endeavour.
          1. R
            Jun 7, 2017 at 10:08 am
            These Scamgress pople are downright bogus people. What they did during 70 years. Where is all the looted money. People who bothered only about loot, dynasty, vote bank politics are now talking of nation. For these scoundrels nation was the last thing. As regards Kashmir, scamgress right from Nehru days the genesis of the problem. They were cosy with separatists and Hurriyat. Hurriyat were having a cozy, luxurious life under scamgress. Just now see how the separatists and Hurriyat are exposed now. Why all this did not happen during scamgress rule. SCAMGRESS IS ALWAYS HAND IN GLOVES WITH CORRUPT, ANTIMATIONAL . tHEY ARE NO.1 CORRUPT, IMMORAL, LOOTMAR, RATS
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