There is growing confrontation, tension and fear under NDA rule: Sonia

There is growing confrontation, tension and fear under NDA rule: Sonia


There is growing confrontation, tension and fear under NDA rule: Sonia


New Delhi:  Launching a sharp attack on the NDA Government at the Centre, which last month completed three years in office, Congress President Sonia Gandhi today said that there was growing confrontation, tension and fear under the current regime unlike the relative calm that existed during the rule of the previous UPA Government at the Centre. 'The Modi Government has just completed three years in office. Where there was harmony, there is discord. Whwre there was tolerance, there is provocation. Where there was relative calm, as in Kashmir, there is growing confrontation, tension and fear. Where there was economic potential, there is stagnation. Where there was rich diversity, there is a brazen campaign to strait jacket the whole country into a regressive and narrow minded world view,' Mrs Gandhi said in her opening address at the meeting of the Congress Working Committee, the highest decision making body of the party. Addressing the meeting, also attended by former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi and senior leaders of the party Ghulam Nabi Azad, P Chidambaram, AK Antony and others, the Congress president said that the three years of the Modi Government had witnessed the harassment of women, Dalits, Adivasis and minorities as well as the stifling of the voices of those who expressed dissent with the policies of the Government. She also expressed her concern over the rise in the incidents of mob lynching. 'Women, Dalits, Adivasis, minorities and other oppressed people are witnessing perilous times. Divisive issues are being whipped up, and there is an assault on the livelihoods and food habits of those who follow different tenets and beliefs." The Government is using the power of the State to stifle voices that express different thoughts and idea, or speak out for alternative policies and philosophies. Whether it is politicians, institutions, civil society or the media, there is growing intolerance and active prosecution of divergent voices in blatant disregard of the law of the land. It is a matter of grave concern that there has been a rise in lynch mobs; there exists close ideological affinity between these mobs and the ruling establishment,'Mrs Gandhi said.

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