Congress party refuses to rise beyond petty politics of religion and look at any policy that the Modi government in a clear, lucid and neutral manner
Bengaluru: When it comes to the security of a country, there should be no compromise. One must rise above politics and sectarianism to bury all hatchets to ensure the country’s sovereignty is not at stake.
But is Congress is doing so?
Be it abrogation of articles 370 and 35A or the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) the Congress has opposed the Modi-led BJP tooth and nail.
And again, the Congress is using religion as the fulcrum to target the BJP.
In fact, when the abrogation was passed democratically, the Congress had the same ruse.
It was Prime Minister Narendra Modi who took this brave decision of invalidating the articles 370 and 35A. In the long history of 70 years of Indian independence, the Congress ruled India for 60 years, yet did not have the courage nor the will to rescind them.
But once the abrogation was realised democratically, the Congress did not relent in its sparing attack on the ruling BJP.
As always, it brought in the aspect of religion to this issue of abrogation as well.
Former finance minister P Chidambaram, who was lodged at Tihar jail as he is an accused in INX media case, had said, “If J&K was a Hindu dominated state, BJP would not have done this. They did it only because the region is dominated by Muslims."
It was not just Chidambaram. Leader of the Congress in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury blurted out on the floor of the house thus: "You say that it is an internal matter, but it is being monitored since 1948 by the UN, is that an internal matter? We signed the Shimla Agreement and Lahore Declaration, was that an internal matter or bilateral?"
Even now, the religion bogey is being used to hound the ruling dispensation when both PM Narendra Modi and home minister Amit Shah have belaboured that the bill doesn’t target Indian Muslims.
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Last Updated 11, Dec 2019, 4:13 PM