New Delhi: Congress today attacked the Narendra Modi-led government for allegedly diluting labour laws, “undermining” the independence of various institutions and its “failures” on education front as it deliberated ways to counter the government in its CWC meet.
After the three-hour-long meeting, the Congress Working Committee passed a resolution attacking the government over Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Ministers attending an event of RSS, as it rides high over the NDA Government’s “retreat” on land ordinance.
The party also advanced its organisational polls enabling Sonia Gandhi to remain party President for up to one more year. “It calls upon the constitutionally elected Government of India to remain accountable to the Parliament of India and the 125 crore people of India instead of making a mockery of democracy by subjugating itself to the self appointed leaders of an unelected organisation like the RSS,” it said.
The CWC slammed government for taking no action against External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Chief Ministers of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh on Lalit Modi controversy, Vyapam scam and other corruption cases.
With the party deciding to seek an extension of one year from Election Commission to complete its organisational polls, the tenure of all office-bearers including the Congress President has been extended up to one year, which is expected to give sufficient time to prepare for Rahul’s takeover of the party any time next year, party sources said.
Party President Sonia Gandhi hailed Rahul Gandhi for his “active guidance” in the party agitation against land ordinance but there was no word in the meeting about the much-talked elevation of the party Vice President. “The credit for this goes to every worker of the Congress party, who under Rahul’s active guidance, carried out a sustained agitation,” Gandhi said.
Welcoming the lapse of the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement (Amendment) Second Ordinance 2015, the CWC resolution congratulated all workers of the party, leaders and members of like-minded political parties, civil society and farmers across the country for their determined and resolute opposition to this draconian Ordinance. Congress, which has decided to hold a victory rally on September 20, demanded in the resolution that the soul and spirit of the 2013 legislation should not be whittled down by “attempts to negate it through surreptitious efforts” at the state level.
The government, after allowing the ordinance the lapse has left it on states to frame their own laws and challenged Congress-ruled states to include the provisions of consent clause and social impact assessment of the 2013 UPA law in their Acts.