In the backdrop of the recently amended Citizenship Act that seeks to give Indian citizenship to non-Muslims and massive protests that erupted in its aftermath, Congress’ interim President Sonia Gandhi said “it shreds India’s soul” and now is the time for the whole country to get together and fight hard.
At the Congress’ Bharat Bachao rally at Ramlila Maidan in Delhi, which was attended by top party leaders, including former Prime Minister Manmohan Singhshe, she said it was “time to rise to save democracy and Constitution”.
Accusing the government of destroying dissent and pushing Bills without discussions, Sonia Gandhi said, “Today the atmosphere is such that whenever they feel like they impose an Article, revoke an Article, change the status of a state. Whenever they feel like, they revoke President’s Rule and pass Bills without debate.”
She added that “Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Amit Shah are not bothered that the Citizenship Act will shred the soul of India, just like it is happening in Assam and other states of the Northeast”.
“The Modi-Shah government bothers neither about Parliament nor institutions. Their only agenda is to hide real issues and make people fight. They violate the Constitution everyday and then also celebrate Constitution Day,” she said.
Like her children Rahul and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra who spoke before at the mega rally, she urged people to fight injustice and assured that the Congress party will fulfil “its duty of saving the country and its democracy till the last breath”.
“Suffering injustice is the biggest crime. It’s time to rise to save democracy and Constitution. The time has come to save the country and we have to struggle hard for it,” she said.
The Congress chief also attacked the government over economic slowdown and job losses.
“There’s an atmosphere of ‘andher nagri, chaupat raja’, everyone is asking whatever happened to ‘sabka saath sabka vishwaas’. What happened to the economy, where are the jobs?”
On agrarian crisis, which brought Shiv Sena, Nationalist Congress Party and Congress together in Maharashtra, Gandhi said, “When I see the condition of my farmer brothers, I feel sorry. Their problems have increased so much that it has become difficult for them to survive.”