New Delhi, Oct 26: In a scathing attack on the NDA Government at the centre, Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Monday alleged that Democratic institutions in the country are being targetted by its political opponents.
In an article in an English daily, Ms Gandhi said that all the pillars of a democratic system of governance are under assault.
”The world’s largest Democracy is at the crossroads. That the economy is in deep crisis is clear. But what is less appreciated is that all the pillars of a democratic system of governance are under assault.
The fundamental right to freedom of expression has been systematically suspended through suppression and intimidation. Dissent is deliberately stifled as ‘terrorism’ or branded as an ‘anti-national activity’.
“Many institutions that are meant to uphold the rights of citizens and society at large, have been co-opted or subverted,” Gandhi said.
Alleging that all organs of the state are being used to target political opposition, Gandhi said, “The Indian state now diverts attention from real problems of the people by pronouncing bogus threats to ‘national security’ everywhere. Of course, some of these threats are real and have to be dealt with uncompromisingly but the Modi government and the ruling BJP conjure up sinister conspiracies behind every political protest, indeed behind any and everything they see as opposition to them. The system unleashes investigative agencies on dissenters and deploys proxies through sections of the media and online troll factories.”