New Delhi: Launching a scathing attack, Congress president Sonia Gandhi, Tuesday, charged Narendra Modi-led government of having "dictatorial" tendencies.
Speaking at a meeting of the Congress Working Committee (CWC) held in the national capital, Sonia said the government’s dictatorial tendencies" and its "anti-farmer, anti-poor policies" were a cause of concern. She asked senior leaders to suggest ways ways to reach out to the masses, including launching a nationwide agitation against the land ordinance and other farmer issues.
She alleged that Modi government's policies have "sown the seeds of acute agrarian crisis" and accused the government of having "surreptitiously" undone the spirit of nationalisation of coal mines, which had crucial safeguards, by bringing the ordinance on coal mines.
Sonia said that the NDA dispensation is operating through a "perilous" notion that ordinances constitute goood governance. "The country's democratic institutions are being undermined. The BJP-led government has already promulgated 10 ordinances in its seven- month tenure", she said.
She also questioned whether there was "an ulterior motive behind this hurry (to bring ordinances)?"
Sonia also accused Prime Minister Modi of "ignoring provocative statements and speeches" by members of his Cabinet as well as BJP leaders and alleged that it was a continuation of the "strategy of polarisation" adopted during Lok Sabha polls.
"This is, in many ways, a continuation of the strategy of polarisation adopted by them in last year's Lok Sabha polls as well as in the recent Assembly polls," said Sonia.
During the four-hour long meeting, the Congress also discussed organisational issues like re-introducing the active-member concept, bringing down the tenure of elected office bearers from five to three years and providing 50% reservation to SC, ST, OBC and minorities in district and state committees of the party.