‘Secularism, free speech’ in danger: Sonia Gandhi

Congress President Sonia Gandhi today lashed out at BJP led government by saying that the free speech and secularism are in danger.

Slamming the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government, she said the politics of hatred and revenge is prevailing in the country which has left no place for open debate and discussion.

“Today it looks secularism and free speech are in danger: There is politics of divide; if we have to preserve freedom, we’ll have to defeat forces endangering it,” she added.

While observing the 75th anniversary of the Quit India Movement Gandhi spoke in the parliament about the role of India’s freedom struggle and role of Congress workers in it.

She lashed out on Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), in the Lok Sabha today, that there are some organizations in the country which have no role in the freedom struggle and had vehemently opposed the Quit India Movement.

“We must not forget that some organizations opposed Quit India Movement. Such organisations have no role in freedom struggle,” she said.

Recounting the freedom struggle of former prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru and other Congress leaders, Sonia said, “During freedom struggle, Pandit Nehru spent several years in jail, many Congress workers died in jail. A lot of atrocities were committed on the protesters during the Quit India Movement but no one stepped back.”

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