Time Has Come to Pick Sides, to Struggle for India, Says Sonia Gandhi at Bharat Bachao Rally
The protest rally comes amid a crippling economic slowdown and raging protests across the Northeast and in West Bengal over the Citizenship Amendment Act.
File photo of Congress President Sonia Gandhi reading out the Preamble to the Constitution as party leaders Manmohan Singh, Rahul Gandhi and other opposition leaders look on during a protest, at Parliament premises in New Delhi. (Image: PTI)
New Delhi: Interim Congress chief Sonia Gandhi on Saturday accused the Narendra Modi government of dividing the country and said that the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act will destroy the soul of India.
Addressing the Bharat Bachao Rally at Ramlila Maidan here, Sonia Gandhi said, "They brought CAA, it will destroy and shatter the soul of India."
She also accused the Modi government of not respecting Parliament and constitutional institutions.
"This government has no respect for Parliament and no respect for the institutions. Their only agenda is to divide the people and make them fight," she alleged.
Slamming the government for revoking Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir, she said, "Now such a time has come that they change a law and change the status of a state. Every day the Constitution is being shattered."
Highlighting the role of freedom fighters in the freedom struggle, she said that they fought for the country and its Constitution. "And it is being destroyed now. But Congress will stand with all," she said.
She also questioned why the Navratna companies of the central government were being sold and to whom.
She pointed out that now people fear putting money in banks and termed the condition of the farmers across the country “very disturbing”.
"To save democracy we are ready to give any sacrifice and to save Constitution we are ready to struggle," she said, adding, "Congress will not now bow down and it will fight till last breath to save democracy and Constitution."
Former prime minister Manmohan Singh also slammed the government over the economic crisis and accused it of failing to fulfil the promises it made to the youths and the farmers.
He lambasted the government over the economic crisis and said, "They said that the Indian economy will become $5 trillion economy by 2024 and two crore employment to youths every year."
"Six years ago, Narendra Modi showed lofty promises to people. Now it has been proved that all these promises were false and he has failed in fulfilling all the promises made and the people of the country were misled," he said.
"Now all this has proved false and it has been proved that they lied to the nation," the former PM added.
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