Gandhi was addressing the India Today Conclave here. Is this not an insult to the intelligence of of our people?
On Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, she said that he does insist on having younger and newer talent for party to grow, but not at the cost of seniors. I had my style. "I'm proud to say that our vision is bringing people together", the Congress president added. "But we had positive way of handling situations. we functioned well", she added.
MoS of Skill Development Anant Kumar Hegde had recently said that they (BJP) are here to change the Constitution'. "We should all be concerned that the foundational principles and values of our Constitution are being willfully shredded".
"Provocative statements from the ruling establishment are not random or accidental".
The Former Congress President said that from freedom to think to choice of eating, everything is under attack. Aadhaar is being turned into intrusive instrument of control: "Sonia Gandhi", she charged. Civil society is being silenced.RTI was brought in to enhance transparency and fight corruption. The RTI and RTI activists are being killed.
On the arrest of Karti Chidambaram, son of former finance minister P. Chidambaram, Sonia Gandhi said she wasn't aware of the details of the case.
In fact now even the allies of the government like the Shiv Sena and TDP have started to carry out protests in the house, 'she said.
"Our freedom is under assault". Our freedoms are under attack. Parliamentary majority is being interpreted as a licence to stifle debate and bulldoze legislations.
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"Fear and intimidation are the order of the day. What has made our democracy precious is conversation, not monologues; accountability, not shunning any form of public questioning and interrogation", the Congress leader said.
"We also have to look at the way we project our policies and programmes", she said.
"We were out-marketed. We could not compete with how Narendra Modi (prime minister) ran his campaign", the UPA chairperson admitted.
Taking a dig at PM Modi's oft-repeated slogan of "minimum government, maximum governance", Sonia Gandhi said she believes in "balanced government".
On corruption as a big factor in the 2014 polls, she said it was "highly exaggerated" against her party. In the case of 2G for instance.the CAG came out with a large amount of money. There was a problem in that. "How come a person who was in-charge was given a cushy job just after retirement?"
In December a year ago, a special court acquitted former telecom minister A Raja, DMK MP Kanimozhi and others in the politically-sensitive 2G spectrum allocation scam cases, holding that the prosecution had "miserably failed" to prove the charges. People are angry with Congress for the disruptions in Parliament.
We destroyed the terrorist movement - not by big talk and fancy speeches. It's the issue that's agitating people's mind.
"The opposition is not allowed to speak in Parliament. Religious tensions are being fueled". She alleged that there is shocking insensitivity to atrocities on Dalits and women and that the society is being polarised in a bid to win elections.