The Congress will return to energy in 2019 and “Achhe Din” will likely be to this authorities what “India Shining” was to the earlier NDA authorities (1999-2004), UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi stated on Friday, referring to the NDA’s shock defeat within the 2004 parliamentary elections which paved the way in which for the UPA’s decade-long rule.
Talking on the India Immediately Conclave in Mumbai, Gandhi lau-nched a blistering assault on PM Narendra Modi and his authorities, alleging the nation was being led by a “regressive imaginative and prescient” and puzzled if India was actually a “large black gap” until the BJP got here to energy on the Centre in Could 2014, as has been claimed by the get together and its supporters.
“Achhe Din will quickly be India Shining,” she stated. India Shining was the NDA’s platform forward of 2004; Achhe Din was the NDA’s forward of 2014.
In response, a BJP spokesperson hit out at Gandhi, saying India “received defamed internationally for corruption” when the UPA was in energy.
“Because the get together president, Sonia Gandhi presided over the Congress’s decline to 44 seats and its decimation throughout states. And as an opposition chief, she is practising the politics of worry and deception. She has taken each the nation and her personal get together down,” stated Anil Baluni, the nationwide head of the BJP’s media division. He added, “Democracy and establishments are protected. The Congress is at risk. She ought to fear about that.”
Gandhi claimed that freedom of the individuals was “underneath systematic and sustained assault” and the provocative statements from the ruling facet have been neither random nor unintended — the same old defence put forth for such statements — however “a part of a harmful” design.
Gandhi, 71, who demitted the Congress president’s workplace on December 16 final yr after remaining on the helm for greater than 19 years, described the present setting as one wherein historical past is being rewritten and information being falsified, fanning “prejudice and bigotry”.
“There’s a rewriting of historical past, falsifying information and fanning prejudice and bigotry,” she stated.
In latest weeks, Gandhi has stepped up assaults on the Modi authorities, alleging that establishments resembling Parliament, judiciary, media and civil society had confronted systematic assault after the BJP got here to energy in 2014.
“Our nation, our society, our freedom are actually all underneath systematic and sustained menace… Immediately we’re offered with an alternate and certainly regressive imaginative and prescient,” she stated.
“Was India actually an enormous black gap earlier than Could 2014 and begin marching to progress solely 4 years in the past? Is that this not an insult to the intelligence of our individuals? It’s not a matter of taking credit score however acknowledging India’s power,” she added.
Gandhi’s assault got here a day after her son and Congress president Rahul Gandhi alleged that there exists a common ambiance of “intimidation” in India the place a“nasty type of politics” geared toward dividing individuals was being practised to win the elections.
Gandhi echoed that sentiment on Friday: “Alternate voices are being silenced. Freedom to assume, marry in response to one’s needs is underneath assault. Non secular tensions are being fuelled, vigilante mobs and personal armies have been let free.”
The previous Congress chief stated the Modi authorities lacked “accommodative spirit” and that has led to an ongoing stalemate in Parliament. “The opposition shouldn’t be allowed to talk in Parliament. Persons are indignant with Congress for disruptions. However there are severe causes for it. Parliamentary guidelines will not be adopted. There isn’t any accommodative spirit. The opposition has a proper to talk in Parliament.”
She additionally stated callous remarks about altering the Structure have been deliberate makes an attempt to subvert the essence of India it enshrines. “Lengthy standing ideas which have stood the nation properly are being violated. Parliamentary majority is being interpreted as a licence to stifle debate and bulldoze legislations. Political opponents are being focused by way of misuse of investigative businesses.”