UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday said the values, principles and provisions of the Constitution are under continued attacks by the Narendra Modi government. She made the statement at a joint meeting of the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha Congress Parliamentary Party in New Delhi. Institutions have been subverted. Political opponents have been hounded. Dissent has been suppressed.
Freedom of speech, the most basic of all freedoms, has been sought to be curtailed and silenced. Sonia also individually thanked members of the Congress, including Mallikarjun Kharge — for his contributions as the Leader of the Congress in the Lok Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad and Anand Sharma, who have worked as both leader and deputy leader of Opposition for the Congress, respectively, in the Rajya Sabha. Sonia credited him with bringing "fresh energy" into the party. He has worked tirelessly. He has also reached out to other political parties who share our vision of India, she said. After the meeting, Rahul led a protest against the Modi government at the Parliament premises.
Sonia and former prime minister Manmohan Singh were also present at the protest. Believed to have been seriously ill for a long time, Sonia has largely remained off the political spotlight of late. But she was seen in Lok Sabha, thumping tables in appreciation of Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari for the wonderful work he has been doing to improve the country's infrastructure.