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Alternative voices being silenced in NDA rule: Sonia Gandhi

Rahul meets Singapore Prime Minister Sonia Gandhi Launches Detailed Attack on Modi Government
Orlando Vargas | 10 March, 2018, 02:11

"Was India really a giant black hole?" before the BJP-led government came to power in 2014, she asked.

Responding to a question, she said: "He wanted to have new, younger people. This is a well thought out project long in the making to refashion the very idea of India", Gandhi said.

Gandhi said the Congress may have a president outside of the Nehru-Gandhi family in the future. We were in a way out marketed. If you speak to the press, if you talk to business people, they will also tell you that we feel intimidated. 'Attacking the government on the issue of job creation, he said that the country, under the NDA rule, has the highest level of unemployment. In the case of 2G for instance.the CAG came out with a enormous amount of money. Yes that (corruption) was an issue but it was highly exaggerated.

Asked if she would contest the next Lok Sabha election from Rae Bareli, she said the party will decide if she will contest in the election.

We will fight this nasty form of politics and will defeat the BJP in the next election. "Is this claim not an insult to the intelligence of our people?" she said before going onto attack a number of policies and initiatives taken out by the current dispensation in power.

Answering a question on the political role of her daughter Priyanka, Sonia said "Priyanka is pre-occupied with her children at the moment". She slammed the government for cynically running down the past accomplishments of Congress. "They are part of a risky design", she said and added that vigilante mobs and private armies have been let loose with state patronage. "We might as well shut down and go home", said Congress leader Sonia Gandhi at the India Today conclave on Friday.

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Asked about the difference between Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Modi, she said: "Vajpayee had great respect for parliamentary procedures".

Speaking at a panel discussion at the prestigious Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in Singapore, Rahul Gandhi also said that there is a challenge to the institutional structure of India. "I'm proud to say that our vision is bringing people together", the Congress president added.

Talking about son and Congress president Rahul Gandhi, Sonia defended him saying that he has his own style of functioning.

Remarking on the recent controversy of four senior Supreme Court judges holding a first-time press conference, Gandhi said, "They actually went out to the press and said listen we need the people to hear our voice because there is something fundamentally wrong".

During her question and answer session, the Congress leader opened up on her worries when her husband Rajiv Gandhi made a decision to join politics.

That leads on to the concern that lies behind Sonia Gandhi's speech concerning the widespread changes that a Modi government would be able to introduce during a second term of office if the opposition remains weak - maybe even challenging (as she mentioned) the Indian constitution.

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