‘India flourished as vibrant democracy under Congress’ | India News


NEW DELHI: Stating that India progressed by leaps and bounds under Congress post-Independence and also strengthened as a democracy, Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge on Wednesday said the foundational principles of the country are now under “serious assault” and “hate” is being entrenched in the society.
On the 138th foundation day function of Congress which included Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi, Kharge stressed that many other nations got independence along with India, but they soon became dictatorships, while India became a strong democracy.Recalling the Karachi Resolution during the independence movement in which Congress laid down the future vision of the country, Kharge said, “It was due to this preparation that India did not disintegrate, but emerged strongly and moved forward.”
He said with time, India became a successful and strong democracy and also a superpower in economic, nuclear and strategic areas, besides becoming a leading power in agriculture, education, medical, IT and services sector. “This did not happen on its own. This happened due to Congress’ faith in democracy and our inclusive ideology of taking everyone along and due to our full faith in the Constitution that gives equal rights and opportunities to all,” he said, adding, “independent India progressed because Congress showed the courage to break centuries old shackles of poor, oppressed, Dalits.”
He also highlighted that in Jawaharlal Nehru’s first cabinet, five out of 14 ministers were from non-Congress parties. Painting a grim picture of the country under the BJP, Kharge said, “The fundamentals of India are being constantly attacked. The society is being divided by hate, people are hit by price rise and unemployment, but the government is not bothered.”
The Congress chief said the party will have to connect with women, youth, deprived sections and intellectuals, to fight against the growing hatred and joblessness, and mentioned that Rahul Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo Yatra has made a beginning in this direction. He said the rivals are rattled by the tremendous support that the Yatra has drawn. “We urge every citizen to join the Yatra,” he said, adding, “We assure you that we are ready to live up to your expectations”.


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