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As PM Modi Speaks At Red Fort, An Empty Chair Sends A Message

Mallikarjun Kharge stayed away and despatched out a recorded message

New Delhi:

As Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the nation on its 77th Independence Day right this moment, Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge stayed away and despatched out a recorded message, by which he highlighted the function of previous Prime Ministers and accused the present authorities of hounding the opposition.

A chair with Mallikarjun Kharge’s identify was amongst vacant seats at a bit of the historic Pink Fort, the place PM Modi delivered his speech. He was “beneath the climate, not feeling effectively”, mentioned the Congress on his absence.

Mr Kharge, nevertheless, hoisted the flag on the Congress workplace in Delhi, for the primary time as get together president. He additionally attacked the federal government in his speech – one other first for any Congress president in lots of a long time. The Congress has historically averted any criticism or assault on Independence Day, mentioned the get together.

In his video message, Mr Kharge paid tribute to freedom icons like Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, Maulana Azad, Rajendra Prasad, Sarojini Naidu and BR Ambedkar.

He additionally highlighted the contributions of India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and different Congress PMs like Indira Gandhi, Lal Bahadur Shastri, Rajiv Gandhi, PV Narasimha Rao and Manmohan Singh in nation-building. He even talked about BJP icon Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

“Each Prime Minister has contributed to the progress of the nation. In the present day some folks attempt to say that India has seen growth solely prior to now few years,” the Congress president mentioned, in an obvious swipe at PM Modi.

“Together with Atal Bihari Vajpayee, each PM thought in regards to the nation and took many steps for growth. It’s with ache that I say that right this moment democracy, Structure and autonomous our bodies are beneath critical menace. New instruments are getting used to stifle the voice of the opposition. Not solely are there CBI, Enforcement Directorate and Earnings Tax raids, the Election Fee can also be being weakened. Opposition MPs are being muzzled, suspended, mics are being muted, speeches are being expunged…”

Mr Kharge listed the creation of Indian Institutes of Know-how (IIT), Indian Institutes of Administration (IIMs), AIIMS, area and atomic analysis as indicators of progress that he mentioned had been undermined by the present authorities. Nehru, he mentioned, promoted artwork, tradition, and literature in newly impartial India.

The insurance policies of Lal Bahadur Shastri and Indira Gandhi helped India grow to be atma nirbhar (self-reliant), he mentioned, utilizing one among PM Modi’s key mantras.

“Nice leaders do not erase previous historical past to create new historical past. They attempt to rename every part – they renamed previous schemes, infrastructure tasks, they’re ripping aside democracy with their dictatorial methods. Now they’re renaming previous legal guidelines that established peace within the nation. First, they mentioned ‘acche din’, then new India, now Amrut Kaal – are they not altering names to cover their failures?” Mr Kharge mentioned.

PM Modi, in his tenth Independence Day speech, attacked opposition events, particularly the Congress, as he described “corruption, nepotism and appeasement” because the three evils that the nation wanted to be free of.

“Some issues grew to become part of our system within the final 75 years. Some events comply with dynastic politics and the get together is of the household, by the household, and for the household,” PM Modi mentioned, not naming the Congress.

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