STATE TIMES NEWS JAMMU: AICC General Secretary and leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha, Ghulam Nabi Azad on Sunday accused Prime Minister, Narendra Modi led Government of weakening democratic and constitutional institutions in the country. Azad alleged that BJP-led government has started issuing certificate of nationalism and questioning patriotism of any one on basis of religion and caste. “Politics of polarisation is suicidal for strength of our nation,” he added. “Modi Government weakened the democratic and constitutional institutions established and strengthened in the country for past seven decades by successive Governments right down from Jawaharlal Nehru’s regime,” the former Chief Minister said addressing a series of election rallies in Ramban and Doda district. Remembering the architect of Indian constitution B R Ambedkar, Azad said that mandate in the constitution was carried out by establishing strong constitutional and democratic institutions in the country, which are pillars of strong and vibrant democracy. However, Modi regime and BJP have made every attempt to ‘weaken and politicising’ of such institutions by various modes, which is harmful for the largest democracy in the world and these are danger signs for the future of democracy in this country, he claimed. Azad said that erosion of authority and ‘diluting of the democratic institutions’ are the indications of weakening of democracy in the country. “Modi Government has started to issue certificate of nationalism and question the patriotism of any one of country on basis of religion and caste,” he said. He asked ‘misguided people’ to read and refresh their memory from the history about the contribution and sacrifices of common man, irrespective of caste, colour or creed in making India since post-independence. Azad alleged that those misleading younger generations for short-term objective of vote-bank politics are doing disservice to the nation by weakening religious tolerance and unity in diversity. Congress leader claimed that Modi Government has nothing to market their achievements during past five years and are banking upon ’emotional issues of religion, region besides achievements and sacrifices of security forces’. Appealing people to vote for Congress to ensure victory of Vikramaditya Singh from Udhampur Lok Sabha constituency for ‘larger interests of nation’, Azad lashed out at the economic policy of Modi Government and alleged that it pursued ‘pro-rich and anti-poor policies’ which have got havoc for poor and common man of the country.
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