BJP govt. “unleashing brute repression”, says Sonia Gandhi

The Congress president said "People have the right to raise their voice against wrong decisions."

December 20, 2019 07:22 pm | Updated 09:36 pm IST - New Delhi

Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Friday accused the BJP of “unleashing brute repression against citizens” and said it is the right of every citizen to protest against any wrong policy of the government.

“The BJP government has shown utter disregard for the people’s voices and chosen to use brute force to suppress dissent. This is unacceptable in a democracy,” she said in a video released by the Congress.


“There have been spontaneous protests at universities, the IITs, the IIMs and other academic institutions throughout the country against the divisive agenda and anti-people policies of the BJP government,” she said. “In a democracy, the people have a right to raise their voice against wrong decisions and policies of the government and register their concerns. Equally, it is the duty of the government to listen to the citizens and address their concerns.”

The Congress president condemned the government’s actions and expressed solidarity with students and citizens in their “just struggle”. She also said the party was committed to “defending the fundamental rights of the citizens and upholding the foundational values of the Constitution”.

“The Citizenship (Amendment) Act [CAA] is discriminatory and the proposed nationwide National Register of Citizens (NRC) will particularly hurt the poor and vulnerable. As at the time of note-bandi [demonetisation], they will have to stand in queue to prove their and their ancestors’ citizenship. The people’s apprehensions are real and legitimate,” she said.

Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra joined a group of students at India Gate to express solidarity with their protest against the CAA and the NRC. “The Act and the NRC are against the poor as they will be the most affected,” she said, urging that protests be peaceful.

The Congress would also take out ‘Save Constitution’ marches and appeal for peaceful protests as a few protests had turned violent.

Top News Today

Sign in to unlock member-only benefits!
  • Access 10 free stories every month
  • Save stories to read later
  • Access to comment on every story
  • Sign-up/manage your newsletter subscriptions with a single click
  • Get notified by email for early access to discounts & offers on our products
Sign in


Comments have to be in English, and in full sentences. They cannot be abusive or personal. Please abide by our community guidelines for posting your comments.

We have migrated to a new commenting platform. If you are already a registered user of The Hindu and logged in, you may continue to engage with our articles. If you do not have an account please register and login to post comments. Users can access their older comments by logging into their accounts on Vuukle.