Sonia: Unprecedented centralisation of power

SansadTV Bureau

Sonia_cmCongress president Sonia Gandhi launched a scathing attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government on Tuesday.

Speaking at the inaugural address at the Congress Chief Minsters’ Conclave, Sonia Gandhi said that the Modi government was creating an atmosphere of “fear and foreboding” by fomenting “communal polarisation”.

“On one hand, the Prime Minister wants to project himself as the great champion of good governance and Constitutional values while on the other he allows many of his colleagues to make vile statements and foment communal polarisation. This has already damaged our secular fabric. An atmosphere of fear and foreboding has been deliberately created,” Sonia said.

She also accused the Centre of being dictatorial and autocratic.

“Unprecedented centralisation of power and authority, the deliberate by-passing of Parliamentary procedures and practices, threats to civil society and warnings to the judiciary marked the Modi rule,” she stated.

She urged her party men to attack government policies saying, “Congressmen and women have to confront the Modi government and engage in agitations against it when it works against public interest”

The Congress President didn’t spare PM Modi’s economic and social sector policies either.

“What is the justification for giving huge tax cut bonanzas to the corporate sector while drastically cutting public expenditures for vital social sector programmes?” questioned Sonia.

Congressmen were also asked to “strongly oppose” the government’s moves on the land acquisition bill and the food security law.

Congress President Sonia Gandhi in her speech also charged the government with making “systematic attempts” to dismantle the country.

“In terms of substance, there are systematic attempts being made to dismantle the edifice of the welfare state built up over the decades by successive Congress governments,” Sonia said.