Sonia accuses BJP of abusing investigative agencies to target opposition


Acting Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday accused the BJP of pursuing a divisive policy and misusing investigative agencies to target opposition parties.

She was speaking at the Congress Parliamentary Party meeting.

“The divisive and polarizing agenda of the ruling party and its leaders has now become a regular feature of political discourse from state to state.”

She said history – not only ancient but also contemporary – is maliciously distorted and facts are maliciously invented to feed the agenda. It is up to everyone to stand up and confront these forces of “hate and prejudice”.

“We will not allow them to damage the bonds of friendship and harmony that have sustained and enriched our diverse society for centuries,” she added.

The veteran leader accused the ruling establishment of continuously targeting the opposition, its leaders and its workers. All the power of the state apparatus is unleashed against them.

“Maximum governance for those in power clearly means spreading maximum fear and intimidation. Such blatant threats and tactics will not scare, silence or intimidate us.” She says.

Sonia alleged that MSMEs are in the most precarious conditions. There is no indication that the commitments made to farmers will be fulfilled in any meaningful way. The prices of cooking gas and oil, gasoline, diesel, fertilizers and other commodities have reached an unbearable limit and continue to rise.

“A few days ago, our party launched a national Mehngai-mukt Bharat campaign in which many of you participated. This must be supported.”

She praised the National Food Security Act and the MGNREGA of the Congress-led UPA government and alleged that although the relevant minister denied it, the excessively delayed salary payments still continue to be be a serious problem.

“Despite repeated attempts, we failed to get the government to agree to a discussion of the situation on our borders, a discussion that could only have deepened the sense of collective resolve. The value of non-alignment as fundamental tenet of the nation’s foreign policy which has been so much criticized has now, I am glad to see, been rediscovered even though it may not be recognized as such.” she added.

She expressed concern for the future of the thousands of students who have been evacuated from Ukraine. She accused the government of watering down labor laws at a time of rising unemployment and insecure livelihoods. Interest rates on employee provident fund accumulations have been significantly reduced.

“Public sector enterprises, the only significant avenue for Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribal employment, are being sold under the fanciful name of ‘asset monetization’. It will be another disaster as demonestization has proven to be,” she said.



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