Rae Bareli:  Sonia Gandhi on Monday led the Congress attack against the Modi government and flagged the issue of price rise as her party slammed both the PM and BJP for “rise in communal tension” as NDA completes 100 days in power.

“People will give a reply to whether prices (of essential commodities) have gone down or not,” the Congress President said. She is on a two-day visit to her Lok Sabha constituency.

Accusing the government of “causing rise in communal tension” in its first 100 days in office, Congress leader Manish Tewari in Delhi questioned the ‘silence’ of the PM and accused it of encouraging organisations fanning it. Party spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi spoke of a “consistent hiatus” in the over last 100 days in the ‘preaching and practice’ of the PM and the government.

“Modi’s eloquence and oratory, his using fine words of communal harmony and peace from the ramparts of the Red Fort and then maintaining a complete silence when Ashok Singhal (VHP) chief, Mohan Bhagwat (RSS chief) and Adityanath (BJP Uttar Pradesh chief) and Giriraj Singh (BJP MP from Bihar) do something else,”

he said.

Attacking the government over the Prime Minister’s planned interaction with students on the Teachers’ Day, Singhvi said “are we allowed to make virtual propaganda? “Has the government ever used government machinery to influence impressionable minds with political or partially political agenda?…It’s an issue of misuse of state machinery for self-propaganda.”

The Congress spokesperson said he does not think that any Prime Minister or President has “by a dictat” said students from class one must stand, sit and listen him. “Thank God, they have spared the studens from K G,” Singhvi said dismissively.

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