Modi Govt Playing Vendetta Politics: Sonia Gandhi

Congress Working Committee Meeting in Delhi. Photo: Congress (file photo)
Congress Working Committee Meeting in Delhi. Photo: Congress (file photo)

Congress president Sonia Gandhi said Thursday (September 12) that PM Narendra Modi’s government is targeting its opponents with the aim to suppress their voice.

She was addressing an All India Congress Committee (AICC) meeting in Delhi. The meeting was attended by the party general secretaries, in-charges of states, and other leaders.

Without naming Modi, Ms. Gandhi said that the AICC meeting was being held at a time when vendetta politics is at its peak and when those who speak out against the ruling establishment (Modi government) are being threatened and intimidated.

The Congress president was referring to the recent imprisonment of Congress leader P. Chidambaram who was recently arrested and jailed under charges of rampant corruption. Instead of throwing “corrupt” Chidambaram out of the party, Ms. Gandhi was baselessly trying to accuse Modi government for his arrest.

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She also said that the party is meeting at a time when India under Modi government is facing a prolonged economic slump, job losses, and shattered confidence of the investors.

Ms. Gandhi also blamed the government for destroying the democratic institutions in the country. “We are meeting at a time when each and every institution is being diabolically subverted. The voices of dissent are being silenced,” she said, adding that democracy has never been at greater peril than it is now.

“As I said a few weeks back, the mandate of 2019 is now being misused and abused in the most dangerous fashion,” Ms. Gandhi said.

However, she could not elaborate how Congress plans to defeat Modi with this type of shallow rhetoric.

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