Gandhi accused the government of disrespecting people’s mandate in its “greed for power.”
“The present government, in its greed for power, toppled duly elected governments in Arunachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand and disrespected the people’s mandate,” Gandhi said while addressing a rally in Nanded in Maharashtra.
“We all are very proud of the Supreme Court for protecting our Constitution and democracy,” Gandhi said, after unveiling a statue of Congress stalwart and former Union minister Shankarrao Chavan at a memorial library named after him.
Former prime minister Manmohan Singh was also present at the function.
“Had Shankarrao been alive today, he would’ve been deeply hurt to see all this and would have objected to these unconstitutional steps,” Gandhi said.
The Congress chief also accused the government of diluting welfare schemes launched during the UPA rule. This, Gandhi said, has put farmers and other sections of the society at a big disadvantage.
“It is sad that today, welfare schemes made by our Manmohan Singh government, for farmers, tribals, minorities and women are being weakened. As a result, lakhs of families are bearing the brunt,” alleged Gandhi.
“The Modi government has to be reminded that there is drought in the country. Due to your (Modi government’s) policies, farmers have been alienated…You have waived off thousands of crores of loans of capitalists but left farmers to their fate,”she charged.
She also threatened that the Congress will not allow farmers’ voice to be stifled.
During her speech, the Congress chief also lauded the services of Shankarrao Chavan.
“Chavan was among those leaders who played a valuable role from his student day politics… He cared for farmers and adivasis,” said Gandhi.
(With inputs from PTI)