Sonia slams govt's arrogance
Published : 21 Nov 2017, 12:08
Congress president Sonia Gandhi yesterda6y tore into the Narendra Modi government for its "arrogance", for "locking the temple of democracy" and for "destroying the future of the poor".
Her first two criticisms related to the delay in the Winter Session of parliament. The Congress has said the Centre was using the upcoming state Assembly polls in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh as an excuse to avoid facing Parliament.
"The Modi government in its arrogance has cast a dark shadow on India's Parliamentary democracy by sabotaging the Winter Session on flimsy grounds. It's mistaken if it thinks by locking the temple of democracy, it'll escape constitutional accountability ahead of elections," said Sonia at a meeting of the Congress Working Committee she chaired at her residence yesterday.
When referring to the Centre "destroying the future of the poor", the Congress president was talking about demonetisation and the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST).
The Congress Working Committee meeting was called yesterday to decide on the schedule of party elections. Rahul Gandhi's elevation is now all set, with election for the post of president announced for December 16 and counting of votes scheduled for December 19.
The party said that notification for the post of Congress president will be issued on December 1, while nominations will have to be filed on December 4. In case there is no candidate apart from Rahul Gandhi, the Congress will announce his candidature on the last date of scrutiny, which is December 5. Rahul Gandhi is expected to be the only candidate in the fray, sources said.
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