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Sonia Gandhi tears into Modi govt, says nation led by 'regressive vision'

Sonia Gandhi tears into Modi govt, says nation led by 'regressive vision'

Former Congress president Sonia Gandhi launched a scathing attack on the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre on Friday.

Gandhi began the Singapore leg of his visit today with an address to Indian entrepreneurs.

Speaking on the style of functioning of newly-elected Congress President, Sonia Gandhi said: "Every leader of a party has his or her particular style of working and Rahul has his style".

On Modi, she said, "I don't know him as a person".

Gandhi alleged that RTI and RTI activists are being killed and that Aadhaar is being used as "an intrusive instrument of control".

"One complaint I have against the BJP's policy is that it is episodic rather than strategic. I knew Manmohan Singh would be a better prime minister than me", Gandhi said. There is shocking insensitivity on atrocities on dalits and women.

On the claims of governance, she said that the employment situation is grim.

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Speaking at a panel discussion at the prestigious Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in Singapore, Rahul Gandhi also said that there is a challenge to the institutional structure of India.

Was India really a giant black hole before May 16, 2014? "It is not a matter of taking credit but acknowledging India's strength", said the Lok Sabha member from Rae Bareli. There are callous remarks about changing the Constitution. such provocative statements are not random or accidental, but a well-thought out strategy. "Alternative voices are being silenced", Gandhi added. She said: "The freedom to think for oneself, to differ and disagree, to eat according to one's choice, to meet and marry according to one's wishes all this and more is under attack".

"Long standing principles that have stood the country well are being violated".

'Parliamentary majority is being interpreted as a licence to stifle debate. They sold such a positive picture we will give jobs, give you Rs1.5mn. People are angry with Congress for the disruptions in Parliament.

She claimed that the massive corruption of the last Congress government had been exaggerated and dismissed other allegations, though she carefully sidestepped commenting on a current case involving the son of Palaniappan Chidambaram, previously the Congress finance minister, over alleged bribes on foreign investment approvals. There is no accommodative spirit. "But, I do speak Hindi", she said in a lighter vein.

When asked to compare former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee with Modi, she said Vajpayee respected parliamentary procedures. But at the ground level, we are opponents.

Rahul also blamed the ruling BJP for being "less concerned about peace and tranquility". They went to the press and said that they need the people to hear their voice as there is something that is fundamentally wrong. This claim, of course, has been widely debunked. But, does it really make a difference?


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