Sonia Gandhi at CWC: Must protect idea of India which Modi govt seeks to extinguish

Sonia Gandhi said that it was a matter of grave concern that there has been a rise in 'lynch mobs', and more importantly, a 'close ideological affinity' between the mobs and the ruling establishment. She was addressing the Congress Working Committee - the highest decision-making body of the Indian National Congress.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 6, 2017 3:48 pm
Congress, Sonia Gandhi, CWC, BJP The Congress Working Committee met at party president Sonia Gandhi’s residence to discuss the current political situation in the country. (Source: Twitter/@INCIndia)

Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday targetted the Narendra Modi government for its “brazen campaign” to push the country into a “regressive and narrow-minded world-view”. She was addressing a meeting of the Congress Working Committee (CWC) — the party’s highest decision-making body. The meeting was attended by vice-president Rahul Gandhi, former prime minister Manmohan Singh, former finance minister P Chidambaram and party leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad, Janardan Dwivedi, Ambika Soni among others.

“The Modi government has just completed three years in office. 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 strait-jacket the whole country into a regressive and narrow-minded world-view,” Gandhi, who chaired the meeting, said in her opening remarks. Read: TV pe hero, zameen pe zero: Congress on Modi sarkar. Click here.

Gandhi alleged a “systematic attempt” by the BJP government to suppress voices of dissent in the country to help hide its corruption, saying that with the 2019 general elections fast approaching, it was important to protect the essence and idea of India that the ruling government is seeking to destroy.

“The systematic attempt to blunt tools of accountability, undermine the judiciary and suppress dissent, serves this government the larger purpose of concealing corruption. Cronies and individuals close to the establishment have either seen the dramatic increase in wealth and influence in the last three years or have escaped the wrath of the law and managed to flee the country,” she said.

Gandhi also said that it was a matter of grave concern that there has been a rise in ‘lynch mobs”, and more importantly, a “close ideological affinity” between the mobs and the ruling establishment.

On the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, she added, “The crisis has come to represent the colossal failure of this government. A divisive agenda is being followed which has undone years of goodwill and progress. It is imperative that the government correct its flawed approach, restore normalcy to regain the trust of the people.” She added that a small group of people, under the leadership of former prime minister Manmohan Singh, is keeping abreast of the situation in the state.

Gandhi congratulated ISRO scientists for the historic launch of the GSLV MK III-D1 rocket, carrying the GSAT-19 satellite, and said the success and progress made by the current government has been derived from programmes and projects started by the UPA government.

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    Anonymous
    Jun 14, 2017 at 12:21 pm
    The Congress Party has no future . Even the BBC has declared it to the 4 most corrupt parties in the world. Indian National Congress – India Indian National Congress is one of the leading parties of India so far called as the second largest party of the country, this is oldest party because founded in 1885 in the rule of British, this party has great role in the independence of India, so far after 1947 party is leading till now because in general election 2015, this party has gained majority in almost six regions but not able to be the leading because of their corruption cases came before the people. This party has given seven prime ministers but now leadership of party included in corrupt politicians including Rahul Gandhi.
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      Nathan
      Jun 8, 2017 at 11:52 am
      Soniaji, if you follow the same line of argument like "systematic attempt by the BJP government to suppress voices of dissent in the country to help hide its corruption, nobody is going to take you seriously, as everyone in this country knows that corruption has come down massively under BJP government at the centre. You also said cronies and individuals close to the establishment have been able to flee the country with their help. Prominent individuals who fled the country were definitely not close to the govt. Such arguments will take you nowhere in your quest to gain power in 2019. Instead, speak about what you are going to do and how you are going to do it.
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        Vijayalakshmi Menon
        Jun 8, 2017 at 10:59 am
        What a brazen campaign by an Italian who usurped political power in our country and tried to bring in the draconian "Communal Violence Bill" against the Hindus!
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          murty
          Jun 8, 2017 at 10:44 am
          Why media does not ask questions to these speakers what has been done in 60. Years rule except corruption and loot by netas
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            Kapil
            Jun 8, 2017 at 3:53 am
            UPA lao Desh Bachao. Modi Bhagao
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              Mahendra Dhima
              Jun 8, 2017 at 3:14 am
              Kick the ing Italian out!
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                Pappan
                Jun 8, 2017 at 3:54 am
                Kick Sanghis out.
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                TJ
                Jun 7, 2017 at 3:33 pm
                what idea of India does Congress want upheld. They ed the wealth of this country for 60 or more years keeping the population and the country poor and are now supporting anti India elements in Kashmir and MP/Maoists. Congress is completely anti India or anti Bharat
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                  Giri
                  Jun 7, 2017 at 2:28 pm
                  Oh! The "idea of India" being, in her terms, a licence for unbridled corruption and distribution of ATM portfolios to fellow fruadsters and thieves to loot the treasury?
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