New Delhi: The shocking incident at Lakhimpur Kheri betrays the mindset of the BJP, how it perceives the farmer agitation and how it is dealing with the farmers’ determined struggle to protect their lives and livelihood, said Congress president Sonia Gandhi at the meeting of the Congress Working Committee (CWC) on Saturday.
She pointed out that it has been a year since the “teen kaale kanoon (the three black laws)” were bulldozed through the Parliament.
She accused the Modi government of being “hell bent on getting them passed so that a few private companies could benefit”.
‘Economy a concern’
About the national economy, she said, “The economy continues to be of a great concern… the only answer the government seems to have for economic recovery is selling off national assets built with great effort over the decades.”
Adding to it, she said that the public sector did not have just strategic and economic objectives, but social goals as well like “empowerment of scheduled castes and scheduled tribes and development of backward areas”.
Sonia Gandhi also mentioned the unabated rise of prices of petrol, diesel, gas and cooking oil.
While appreciating the vaccination policy and calling it a rare occasion when the country benefitted, she blamed the Centre for losing “no opportunity to put non-BJP states at a disadvantage”.
Condemning the killings in Jammu and Kashmir, Sonia Gandhi said that J&K has been a Union Territory for two years and it was the Union government’s responsibility to bring the perpetrators to justice.
‘Consensus on foreign policy damaged’
The broad consensus on foreign and neighbourhood policy in the country has been damaged because of the PM’s continued reluctance to take the Opposition into confidence in any meaningful manner, Sonia Gandhi said. “The Prime Minister telling the Opposition leaders last year that there had not been any occupation of our territory by China and his silence ever since is costing our nation dearly,” she added.
On upcoming Assembly elections
While admitting that the party faces several challenges, Sonia Gandhi expressed confidence that they would do well in the upcoming Assembly elections if they were disciplined and focused on the party’s interests alone.
Congress organizational elections scheduled to be discussed soon
Talking about organizational elections, Gandhi said that revival of Congress would need unity, self-control and discipline. Pointing out that she continued to hold the post of interim party president even after June 30 this year because of the second wave of Covid-19 pandemic, she said that the schedule for full-fledged organizational elections was ready and they would be briefed about it later.
‘No need to talk to me through media’
Sonia Gandhi emphasized that she was a full-time and hands-on Congress president and that no issues of public importance and concern went unaddressed.
Urging party members to communicate with her, Sonia Gandhi said, “I have always appreciated frankness. There is no need to speak to me through the media. So let us all have a free and honest discussion. But what should get communicated outside the four walls of this room is the collective decision of the CWC.”
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