Democracy going through darkest hours under Modi govt: Rahul at CWC meet

Tuesday, Nov 8, 2016,11:03 IST By Metrovaartha A A A

New Delhi | The Congress Working Committee today warned the Modi government that its “undemocratic methods” and “acts to curtail” liberty and freedom of expression would be strongly resisted as Rahul Gandhi launched a scathing attack on it alleging that democracy is going through “one of its darkest hours”.

A meeting of the CWC presided over by Rahul “warned the government that its undemocratic methods and acts to curtail liberty, freedom of expression and violation of fundamental rights of the citizen as enshrined in the Constitution will be strongly resisted.”

Congress president Sonia Gandhi did not attend the meeting as she was said to be indisposed.
In a resolution on political and economic situation in the country, adopted at the meet, the CWC associated itself with the concerns of citizens and media over “growing intolerance, centralisation of authority, arbitrary and partisan decisions, abuse of power, and misuse of government agencies to target political opponents, critics and institutions”.

The apex policy making body of the Congress met close on the heels of detention of Rahul Gandhi thrice in two days by Delhi Police after he protested over the OROP issue in the wake of suicide by an ex-serviceman.

The meeting also comes in the backdrop of the government’s order putting a one-day ban on NDTV India over its coverage of the Pathankot terror attack, a move that has come under all-round attack from opposition and the media.

In a combative speech, Rahul said the ruling dispensation was “obsessed with power and seeking to silence” all those who disagree and which was “hiding behind the cloak of national security, civil society is being intimidated for asking questions”.

“Democracy under the present dispensation is going through one of the darkest hours,” he said, adding that all attempts by the government to suppress fundamental rights by “abusing” state power would only strengthen the Congress resolve to defeat such “danger designs”.
“Asking questions is what discomforts this government the most, for they have no answers. We must in every forum, in particular the upcoming session of Parliament, expose the government’s failures,” Rahul said in his opening remarks.

With the Winter Session of Parliament just over a week away, the CWC resolved to continue its struggle “to expose communal and divisive agenda of BJP-RSS and reactionary forces and the failures and the double speak of the Modi government, and will champion with greater vigor the cause of the poor and the marginalised.”

A highlight of the meeting, which lasted over four hours, was that all members, including former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and senior leader A K Antony, made a strong pitch for Rahul to take over the reins of the party.