Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday expressed concern over attacks on democracy by the “communal and repressive forces” in the country. Unleashing attack on BJP without naming it, the Congress President urged people to protect the roots of India’s democracy against “forces of darkness” who are trying to destroy democracy as “clouds of hate and division” were hovering over secular and egalitarian values.
“When we are celebrating 75 years of the Quit India Movement, there are doubts among people whether fear is overshadowing the sense of freedom; whether attempts are being made to destroy the democratic structure, also freedom of speech, equality and social justice,” Gandhi said in the Lok Sabha during the special session to mark the 75th anniversary of the movement.
She used her speech during a special discussion on the Quit India movement to underline the contributions of the Congress and Jawaharlal Nehru to the landmark episode in India's struggle for independence and also attacked the ruling BJP, accused by her party of communalism.
We will not allow the idea of India to be a prisoner to narrow mindedness and communal ideology. Today it looks secularism and free speech are in danger. If we have to preserve freedom, we’ll have to defeat forces endangering it.We can’t and we won’t allow sectarian forces to succeedSonia Gandhi, Congress Chief
People have to fight for the India they believe in, which is loved by one and all and which was envisioned by the freedom fighters, she said.
It should not be forgotten, she said, that there were people and organisations which had opposed the Quit India movement and made no contribution to the country's freedom.
In a veiled attack on BJP, Sonia Gandhi added there were “certain organisations” that had opposed the Quit India Movement and did not participate in it.
Though she did not name any party or leader in her attack, Hindutva organisation RSS, the ideological mentor of the BJP, appeared to be Gandhi's target, as the Congress has often accused it of playing no role in the freedom movement, a charge denied by it.