Violent incidents tarnishing India's progressive, secular image; BJP adding fuel to fire: Kharge
PTC News Desk: Noting that the country is facing "serious internal challenges," Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge said on Saturday that violent incidents had tarnished the image of a progressive and secular India and that the BJP was adding "fuel to the fire."
In his opening remarks at the first meeting of the reconstituted Congress Working Committee (CWC), Kharge stated that the party demands an immediate start of the Census process, as well as a caste survey, in order to secure the right to health, education, employment, and food security for the most disadvantaged sections of society.
He said 27 INDIA bloc parties stand together on fundamental issues of importance.
After three successful meetings, the opposition alliance is forging ahead to combat the “anti-people and anti-democratic BJP government”, the Congress chief said.
He claimed that, perturbed by this development, the BJP government is resorting against opposition parties.
At the CWC meeting, Kharge stated, “We also strongly condemn the government’s attempts to stifle the opposition in Parliament and curtail public scrutiny in Parliament.”
He noted that the upcoming special session of Parliament raises questions about the ruling party's intentions.
The Congress chief claimed that the country is "at a crossroads today, facing many serious internal challenges," and that the Narendra Modi government has been a "complete failure" in controlling inflation, unemployment, raging violence in Manipur, widening inequality, and declining farmer and labourer conditions.
“The entire nation is witnessing the tragic events still unfolding in Manipur. The Modi government allowed the fire of Manipur to reach Nuh in Haryana,” Kharge stated.
All of these incidents taint India's image as modern, progressive, and secular. In such a setting, the ruling party, communal organizations, and a section of the media, he claims, are adding "fuel to the fire."
He also asserted that the country's economy is in grave jeopardy, with rising costs for all of its essential goods having a negative impact on the lives of common people.
- With inputs from agencies