Government Using State Power to Stifle Dissent, Says Congress 

Congress President Sonia Gandhi said there is an assault on those who follow different tenets and beliefs.

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Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday mounted a stinging attack on the government, accusing it of using state power to stifle voices of dissent.

Addressing the Congress Working Committee meeting, Gandhi said that there is growing intolerance and active persecution of divergent voices in blatant disregard of the law.

Divisive issues are being whipped up, and there is an assault on the livelihoods and food habits of those who follow different tenets and beliefs. This government is using the power of the state to stifle voices that express different thoughts and ideas, or speak out for alternative policies and philosophies.

Gandhi alleged that there was a systematic attempt to undermine the judiciary and suppress dissent and accused the government of concealing corruption.

“The systematic attempt to blunt tools of accountability, undermine the judiciary and suppress dissent, serves this government in the larger purpose of concealing corruption,” she said.

Gandhi accused the government of seeking to push a “regressive, narrow-minded world view”, and said that after three years of the Modi government, harmony has been replaced with discord.

Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad briefed reporters after the CWC meeting and accused the Modi government of "crushing voices of dissent".

He attacked the government over its performance in the last three years, saying it was a "hero on TV and zero on the ground".

(With inputs from IANS)

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