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PM Modi an ‘endorser of intolerance’: Congress

New Delhi, Nov. 4 : The Congress Party on Wednesday slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his silence over the rising intolerance in the country, saying it was endorsing the communal atmosphere that is being ‘incited by his colleagues’.

“Prime Minister Modi is a tacit endorser of this environment of intolerance which is incited by his colleagues. The Congress party questions the language used by the BJP leaders,” Congress leader Anand Sharma told the media here.

“The nationalism which the BJP talks about is not Indian, but the western nationalism they believe in,” he added.

Sharma further said that the citizens of India needed to protect and preserve the nation which ‘our forefathers’ created, adding that the Congress would fight the forces of intolerance.

“Only 31 percent of people voted for BJP, and rest of the India rejected the ideology of BJP-RSS. The BJP is trying to orchestrate the tearing of Preamble of the Constitution,” he added.

Sharma also added that the country’s liberal democracy was under assault by forces who believe in the kind of uniformity which is unacceptable to the pluralistic society.

“This Government lacks the representative character when it comes to our diverse society,” he added.

Sharma further said that these happenings and events were hurting India’s image.

“High decibels and attractive words using abbreviations are no substitute for sound policy. The BJP is an expert in breaking promises and they are not accountable to anyone. By making outrageous statements, they are diverting attention from main issues of Agrarian crisis and economy,” he added.

Congress president Sonia Gandhi along with vice president Rahul Gandhi and other senior leaders marched from Vijay Chowk to Rashtrapati Bhavan to submit a memorandum to President Pranab Mukherjee, accusing the NDA Government of promoting an ‘atmosphere of fear, intolerance and intimidation in the country’.

Top Congress leaders, including former PM Manmohan Singh, Mallikarjun Kharge and Ghulam Nabi Azad, and MPs from both Houses of Parliament took part in the march. (ANI)