BJP Govt weakened democratic, constitutional institutions: Azad

AICC leader Ghulam Nabi Azad addressing election rally in Doda on Sunday.
AICC leader Ghulam Nabi Azad addressing election rally in Doda on Sunday.

‘Politics of polarization suicidal for nation’

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Apr 14: All India Congress Committee general secretary and Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha, Ghulam Nabi Azad today accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led Government of weakening the democratic and constitutional institutions in the country.
Addressing election rallies at Chirala, Kashtigarh, Gandhari, Rajgarh in Doda and Ramban, Azad alleged that the BJP-led Government has started issuing certificate of nationalism and question the patriotism of any one on the basis of religion and caste and said “the politics of polarization is suicidal for the strength of our nation”.

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“Modi Government has weakened the democratic and constitutional institutions established and strengthened in the country for the past seven decades by the successive Governments right down from Jawahar Lal Nehru regime,” the former J&K Chief Minister said.
Remembering the architect of Indian Constitution BR Ambedkar, Azad said that mandate in the Constitution was carried out by establishing strong constitutional and democratic institutions in the country which are the pillars of strong and vibrant democracy.
However, Modi regime and BJP have made every attempt to “weaken and politicize” such institutions by various modes, which is very harmful for the largest democracy in the world and these are the danger signs for the future of democracy in this country, Azad maintained.
Azad further said that erosion of authority and “diluting of the democratic institutions” are the indications of weakening of democracy in the country.
“Modi Government has started to issue certificate of nationalism and question the patriotism of any one of this country on the basis of religion and caste,” he said.
He asked the “misguided people” to read and refresh their memory from the history about the contribution and sacrifices of common man irrespective of caste, colour or creed in making India since post-independence.
Azad alleged that those misleading younger generations for their short-term objective of vote bank politics are doing great disservice to the nation by weakening religious tolerance and unity in diversity.
The AICC leader claimed that Modi Government has nothing to market their achievements during past five years and they are banking upon emotional issues of religion and region and achievements and sacrifices of our security forces.
Appealing the people to vote for the Congress party and ensure the victory of Vikramaditya Singh from Udhampur-Doda Lok Sabha constituency for the “larger interests of nation,” Azad said Congress stands for equal justice and balanced development in all the three regions of the State.
He lashed out at the economic policy of Modi Government and alleged it pursued “pro-rich and anti-poor policies” which have got havoc for poor and common man of this country. He said that cost of the essential commodities of life have gone several times high because of unprecedented hike of petrol, diesel, ration and all commodities of daily use, making it difficult for poor and common people to survive.
He said the farmers are continuously committing suicides for failure to re-pay loans and Modi Government remained indifferent. However the chronic capitalists  close to corridors of power ran away after looting tax payers money.
The AICC leader said that Congress party has come out with “ Minimum Income Guarantee Scheme”  under which Rs 72,000 will be deposited directly in the bank accounts of poor families and more than 5 crore families will be benefitted by this historic step.  He said that this is a most revolutionary scheme for economically poor people of this country.
He said unemployed youth are without jobs, the demonetization had brought disaster for small and medium businessmen but Modi Govt is least bothered about the people’s problem. It has learnt the art of diversion of attention of people from real issues, Azad maintained.