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Published On: Sun, Mar 18th, 2018

Sonia says arrogant Modi govt ruined UPA schemes

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rahul-7591 sonia-gandhi_1521304050NEW DELHI : Former Congress president Sonia Gandhi today launched an all-out attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying that his pre-poll promises of combating corruption and ensuring inclusive development were “only dramebazi’ and a trick to grab power.
Gandhi, in her address at the 84th Congress Plenary Session, gave a clarion call to the partymen to be ready for any kind of sacrifice to strengthen the party and to make the county free from discrimination, vendetta politics and arrogance. She called upon them to forcefully fight against the challenges posed by the present dispensation and asked them to mount a struggle to free the country from the fear of power.
“The slogans of ‘sab ka saath, sab ka vikas’ and ‘na khaoonga, na khaane doonga’ are only and only dramebazi (drama) and a trick to grab power,” she said, referring to Modi’s promises of inclusive development and corruption-free governance. She said that the Congress was fighting the tyrannical Modi government and the people have begun to realise that the promises made by the in 2014 were hollow.
“Under the leadership of former PM Manmohan Singh, the economy of this country flourished. Our government formed policies which lifted millions of people from poverty. And today, the Modi government is weakening these policies,” she said.

But the Congress has and will never bow before the power of arrogance of this government which has launched vendetta against its opponents, she said. The Congress parliamentary party chief said the party was exposing the frauds of the Modi government with proof.
Attacking the Modi government, Sonia Gandhi  alleged that the government didn’t spare any effort to destroy the Congress and but the party has never bowed down to the government.

The Congress parliamentary party chief Mrs Gandhi said the party was exposing the frauds of the Modi government with proof.The party, she  said, was making efforts to win back the trust of the people and work with like-minded parties to oust the BJP.

“There is only one priority today and that is how to make Congress party stronger. Congress is not just a party, but an idea sever al years ahead of its time,” “40 years ago, in Chikmagalur, with Mrs. Indira Gandhi’s victory the Congress party emerged as a stronger party. With the Karnataka Assembly Election, I believe the party will similarly rise again,” said Sonia.

She also urged the partymen to extend all support to the new party chief and her son Rahul Gandhi who had taken over the reigns in “such difficult times”.The party’s political resolution, that would guide its political philosophy, talked of making sacrifices and working with other parties to keep the BJP out of power. “T
he Congress party is prepared to make whatever sacrifices required to defend the ethos of our Constitution,” read the resolution that adopted unanimously.

The Congress also said the Election Commission of India should revert to ballot papers during elections to restore the credibility of the electoral process as “there are apprehensions of misuse of EVMs to manipulate the outcome contrary to popular verdict.”

Facing defections and with BJP poaching some of their key leaders, the party said, “it believed in introducing a legislative disincentive by debarring defectors from contesting elections for six years.” This, the Congress saidy.
After being wiped out in Andhra Pradesh over the bifurcation of the State and creation of Telangana in 2010, the Congress “reiterated its commitment to grant special category status to Andhra Pradesh if the party came back to power.”
The party document also talked about making a distinction between ‘Hinduism’ that embraces a composite culture and Hindutva that is essentially a political ideology. While speaking on the resolution, Congress Shashi Thaoor said the party “must not cede the Hindu space to the BJP.”
Calling on the media to restore the balance in national narrative in the interest of safeguarding democracy, the political resolution also talked about deteriorating internal and external security environment, atrocities on Dalits and tribals and about empowering women and youth.
The Congress demanded that the Women’s Reservation Bill in Parliament be passed before the 2019 Elections.Gandhi,
(With Agency Inputs ).

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