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Sonia slams PM Modi for ‘erasing contributions’ of Nehru, Indira

SNS | New Delhi |


Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Monday blamed the Narendra Modi government for “erasing contributions” of former Prime Ministers Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi to the nation.

Addressing the Congress Working Committee (CWC), the party’s highest decision-making body, Sonia Gandhi also blamed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the suffering of millions of people due to GST and demonetisation.

“The government is forcefully trying to change history of modern India by erasing contributions made by Nehru, Indira Gandhi,” Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala quoted Sonia Gandhi as saying in the CWC.

She further said that the Centre was “ill prepared” to implement Goods and Services Tax and demonetisation which left millions of people suffering.

“A year later, demonetisation has done nothing but rub salt on the wounds of distressed farmers, small traders, housewives and daily workers. The fortunes of a handful are being built by destroying the future of the poor and the oppressed,” she said.

“The Prime Minister had the audacity to have a midnight celebration in Parliament to launch an ill prepared and flawed GST but today he lacks the courage to face Parliament,” she added.

The Congress chief also accused PM Modi of trying to sabotage the Winter Session of Parliament on “flimsy grounds”.

“Modi government in arrogance has cast dark shadow on India’s Parliamentary democracy by sabotaging Winter Session on flimsy grounds,” she said.

“It’s mistaken if it thinks by locking temple of democracy, it’ll escape constitutional accountability ahead of elections,” she added.

In the hour-long CWC meeting, it was decided that the elections to choose the next president will take place on December 16 “if necessary” while the results would be out on December 19.

According to the party, the election will be notified on December 1, and the last date for filing nominations is December 4.

If by December 4, no other contestant files his/her nomination against party Vice-President Rahul Gandhi, he will be declared President unopposed.

With Rahul Gandhi expected to be the only candidate in the fray, the 47-year-old is expected to take over the reins ahead of Gujarat Assembly elections starting December 9.

The CWC meeting was attended by Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh along with senior party leaders Mallikarjun Kharge, Ahmed Patel, P Chidambaram, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Sushilkumar Shinde and Karan Singh.