Sonia Gandhi attacks Modi over price rise, communal tension
RAE BARELI: Sonia Gandhi on Monday led the Congress
attack against Narendra Modi government and flagged the issue of price rise as
her party slammed both the Prime Minister and BJP for “rise in communal tension”
as NDA completes 100 days in power.
“People will give a reply to whether prices (of
essential commodities) have gone down or not,” the Congress president told
reporters in Rae Bareli, when asked about 100 days of Modi government.
She is on a two-day visit to her Lok Sabha
constituency. Accusing the government of “causing rise in communal tension” in
its first 100 days in office, Congress leader Manish Tewari in Delhi questioned
the ‘silence’ of the Prime Minister and accused it of encouraging organisations
Party spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi spoke of a ‘consistent
hiatus’ in the over last 100 days in the “preaching and practice” of the Prime
Minister and the government.
“Modi’s eloquence and oratory, his using fine words of
communal harmony and peace from the ramparts of the Red Fort and then
maintaining a complete silence when Ashok Singhal (VHP) chief, Mohan Bhagwat
(RSS chief) and Adityanath (BJP Uttar Pradesh chief) and Giriraj Singh (BJP MP
from Bihar) do something else,” he said.
Attacking the government over the Prime Minister’s
planned interaction with students on the Teachers’ Day, Singhvi said “are we
allowed to make virtual propaganda? Has the government ever used government
machinery to influence impressionable minds with political or partially
political agenda? ...It’s an issue of misuse of state machinery for
The Congress spokesperson said he does not think that
any Prime Minister or President has “by a dictat” said students from class one
must stand, sit and listen him. Thank God, they have spared the students from KG,”
Singhvi said dismissively.
Modi is to give a pep-talk to about 1,000 selected
students at the Manekshaw Auditorium here on September 5, which will be beamed
live to over 18 lakh government and private schools in the country through
Doordarshan and education channels.