Sonia Gandhi slams Modi govt, says society being polarised with eye on elections
In her keynote address at the India Today Conclave 2018, former Congress president and United Progressive Alliance (UPA) chief Sonia Gandhi today launched a frontal attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, asking if India was really a "giant black hole" before May 16, 2014, the day the BJP came to power at the Centre.
"Was India really a giant black hole before May 16, 2014?" a combative Sonia Gandhi asked, adding, "Is this claim not an insult to the intelligence of our people?"
That claim refers to Modi's--and the BJP's--frequent attacks on the Congress, blaming the party for doing nothing in the past 60-70 years that it has been in power.
Without taking names, Sonia Gandhi slammed the "arrogance" of the BJP in "running down" the past achievements under previous governments. Sonia said that it is not a matter of taking credit but "recognising India's strengths and strenuous efforts over past decades".
Sonia Gandhi said that post May 16, 2014, the "foundations of our Constitution have been willfully shredded". "There are callous remarks about changing the Constitution... such provocative statements are not random or accidental, but a well-thought out strategy."
Sonia said that there is an attempt to "subvert the essence of India" and "fear and intimidation are the order of the day". She said that society is being "polarised" with an eye on the elections, adding that "provocative statements are part of a dangerous design".