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Truth, transparency brazenly tossed aside during Modi rule: Sonia.

IANS New Delhi UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday accused the Modi government of having bluff, bluster and intimidation as the governing philosophy, adding that truth and transparency have been brazenly tossed aside during his rule. Addressing members of the Congress Parliamentary Party (CPP) General Body, she also said that the last five years had been a time of unprecedented economic stress and social strain for the country. "There is an all-pervasive atmosphere of fear and strife across the country. The Northeast is burning. Alienation in Indian-administered Kashmir has scaled new heights. Dalits, Adivasis and minorities are being targeted. Farmers are facing unprecedented distress. The youth is staring at the abyss of despair with jobs being destroyed on a scale that has never happened before. Bluff, bluster and intimidation have been the governance philosophy of the Modi government. Truth and transparency have been brazenly tossed aside," she said. Gandhi also said that the Modi government had hounded political opponents and institutions had been subverted. "The very foundations of our democratic republic, of our secular republic, have come under systematic assault by the Modi government. The very values, principles and provisions of our Constitution have come under continued attack by the Modi government. "Dissent has been suppressed. Freedom of speech - the most basic of all freedoms - has been sought to be curtailed and silenced. People with opinions different from the ruling establishment have been victimised," she said. Gandhi said Parliament itself had been immeasurably weakened as debates and discussions were muzzled. "The institution of Standing Committees has all but disappeared. The route of the Money Bill, described by one Supreme Court judge as a 'fraud on the Constitution', has been resorted to ever so often to escape legitimate scrutiny in both Houses," she said in her address. "There is now near-universal recognition that the mandate of 2014 has been betrayed."

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Date:Feb 14, 2019
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