Knew Manmohan Singh would be a better PM than me: Sonia Gandhi

Was India a giant black hole before 2014? Sonia Gandhi questions BJP's claims of progress

Was India a giant black hole before 2014? Sonia Gandhi questions BJP's claims of progress

While addressing students at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, the National University of Singapore, Gandhi said, "We have been fighting the BJP and the RSS (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh) since the beginning".

Referring to the BJP's tenure at the Centre, Gandhi said: "We should all be seriously concerned at how the foundational principles and values of our constitution are being wilfully shredded".

Gandhi said the Congress may have a President outside of the Nehru-Gandhi family in the future.

"But if all of us think of the larger picture.if we feel and care for the country, we have to sink the local differences", she said.

Continuing her attack on the NDA government, she said judiciary is under turmoil, freedom to differ, eat and marry is under attack and India's social DNA was being re-engineered.

Gandhi alleged that RTI and RTI activists are being killed and that Aadhaar is being used as "an intrusive instrument of control". In the end, she also said that India is a great country and that everyone must protect and cherish it because it belongs to its people.

She further said that the parliamentary majority was being interpreted as a licence to stifle debate and bulldozed legislations. "Fear and intimidation are the order of the day", she said.

"We were out-marketed. We could not compete with how Narendra Modi (prime minister) ran his campaign", the UPA chairperson admitted.

We will fight this nasty form of politics and will defeat the BJP in the next election. "It is simply a matter of recognising India's strength and strenuous efforts over the past decades", the former UPA Chairperson said. In the case of 2G for instance.the CAG came out with a big amount of money. "That is why I was called a reader than a leader", she said.

Reiterating her son's opinions of revamping the Congress party, the former party president said it needs to develop new style of connecting with people at organisational level. "In Gujarat, the same CAG has found Rs 20,000 crore of misuse of funds and nobody is talking about it", she added. They went to the press and said that they need the people to hear their voice as there is something that is fundamentally wrong.

The former Congress chief was speaking at a question-and-answer session with India Today Editor-in-Chief Aroon Purie at the India Today Conclave here. "Every time there is an important issue to discuss, we are scuttled in the Parliament".

"If we are not allowed to speak in parliament, why not shut down Parliament so we can all go home". There is shocking insensitivity on atrocities on dalits and women.

Corruption charges had marred the Congress' prospects of winning the crucial Lok Sabha elections in 2014.

Targeting the BJP government over growing intolerance, the Congress leader said, "Fear and intimidation are order of the day; alternate voices are being silenced, religious tensions are being fuelled, vigilante armies are being let loose with state patronage, society is being polarised with a view to win election".

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