These are “testing times for Indian democracy”, Congress president Sonia Gandhi stated in her Independence Day message on Saturday, sharpening her assault on the Narendra Modi authorities.
“The present government, it seems, is standing contrary to democratic system, constitutional values and established traditions. These are also testing times for Indian democracy,” Mrs Gandhi stated.
Mrs Gandhi, 73, stated, “As a responsible opposition, this is our responsibility that we make every effort and struggle to keep India’s democratic independence intact.”
“Is there freedom in the country today to write, to speak, to ask questions, to disagree, to have views, to seek accountability?” she stated in her message.
PM Modi delivered his seventh consecutive Independence Day speech from the enduring Red Fort in Delhi on Saturday morning. He spoke about numerous points, together with the conflict with China in June at Galwan Valley in Ladakh. He stated India’s troopers have given a becoming reply to anybody who has challenged the nation’s sovereignty “from LoC to LAC”.
Sonia Gandhi too referred to the Galwan Valley clashes, saying that 60 days have handed since 20 troopers died for the nation.
She additionally touched upon the coronavirus pandemic and the state of the financial system. “I can say with full confidence that all of us together will come out of this pandemic and the state of severe economic crisis,” she stated.
Mrs Gandhi didn’t attend the Independence Day celebrations on the Congress headquarters on Saturday. Senior chief and former union minister AK Antony hoisted the flag on the get together headquarters. Rahul Gandhi, Ahmed Patel, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Anand Sharma, Adhir Ranjan Chaudhary, KC Venugopal and Randeep Surjewala had been additionally current on the occasion.
Earlier on Saturday, Mr Gandhi tweeted, quoting former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, “The only alternative to coexistence is codestruction. – Jawaharlal Nehru. Best wishes on Independence Day,” he tweeted.
(With inputs from PTI and ANI)