Modi-Shah Government has Failed to Provide Security to the People, Says Sonia Gandhi


Congress-led meeting of opposition parties took place at Parliament on Monday afternoon. The meeting was attended by all major opposition parties but Shiv Sena, Aam Aadmi Party, Trinamool Congress, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, Samajwadi Party, and Bahujan Samaj Party were absent from the meeting.

Congress interim President Sonia Gandhi lashed out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah over CAA, NRC, and inhuman treatment of the protestors. Mrs. Gandhi also blamed BJP for orchestrating an attack on JNU students and asserted the present government is unable to govern and provide security to the people of India.

She also alleged that Modi-Shah have misled the people of India, by contradicting their statements. She also blamed Delhi Police and UP Police for being partial and brutal while dealing with the protestors.

Here’s the text of Mrs. Gandhi’s address at the meeting.

I am very glad that we are meeting to exchange views on what is happening in the country today. The government has let loose a reign of oppression, spreading hatred and trying to divide our people along sectarian lines. There is unprecedented turmoil today. The Constitution is being undermined and the instruments of governance are being misused. Students and the young have in particular been targeted. In several parts of the country, especially in Uttar Pradesh, large sections of the population are being harassed and attacked.

There have been nation-wide spontaneous protests by the youth supported by citizens from all walks of life. The immediate cause is the CAA and NRC but they reflect widespread frustration and pent up anger, which is now out in the open. The response of the police in UP and Delhi has been shockingly partisan and brutal. The Prime Minister and Home Minister have misled the people. They have contradicted their statements of only weeks ago, and continue with their provocative statements while remaining insensitive to the state suppression and violence that is increasingly becoming commonplace.

The nation has watched in horror at the BJP-orchestrated assault on JNU coming so soon after what happened in Jamia, BHU, Allahabad University and AMU and other institutions of higher learning in other parts of the country. The Modi-Shah Government stands exposed for its inability to govern and to provide security to the people.

The NRC seems to have back-fired in Assam. The Modi-Shah government is now focussing on the NPR exercise that is scheduled to begin in a few months. Contrary to the assertions of the Home Minister, it is clear that this is being done to lead to a nation-wide NRC.

The real issue facing India today is the collapse of economic activity and slowing growth and development affecting all sections of society, especially the poor and disadvantaged. The Prime Minister and Home Minister have no answers and want to divert the nation’s attention from this grim reality by raising one divisive and polarizing issue after another. It is for us to work together and thwart the designs of this government.”

The CAA allows non-Muslim minorities who came to India on or before 31st December 2014, from Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh, to easily become Indian citizens. The opposition has described CAA unconstitutional and against the secular fabric of India. Critics have also claimed that the implementation of CAA and nationwide NRC will lead to the segregation of Muslims. The Union government has assured that the legislation is neither unconstitutional nor it affects Indian Muslims.

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