Modi government crushing SC: Rahul Gandhi

New Delhi: Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Monday accused the Modi government of “crushing” and “suppressing” the Supreme Court and asserted that his party will not allow the ruling alliance to derail institutions created by the Constitution.

Gandhi made the remarks while addressing a gathering here to mark the party’s “Save the Constitution” campaign.

Gandhi said that institutions such as the Supreme Court, high courts, the Lok Sabha, assemblies and the Election Commission have been built on the basis of the Constitution which has been given to the country by Dr. B.R. Ambedkar and the Congress.

He alleged that people with Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) background were being inducted in these institutions by the BJP-led government.

“It has happened for the first time that four judges of the Supreme Court went to the people to seek justice. The Supreme court is being crushed, it is being suppressed. Parliament was not allowed to run,” Gandhi said.

Gandhi alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was afraid to face Parliament on issues like the PNB fraud scam, deportation of Lalit Modi and Vijay Mallaya and the Rafale fighter deal.

“If I am allowed to speak for 15 minutes on Rafale issue in Parliament before Modi, he will not be able to withstand it,” he said.

Referring to the second half of the budget session of Parliament, Gandhi said it was for the first time that the treasury benches “disrupted” the Houses though it was normally the opposition which does so.

Gandhi alleged that RSS ideology ran counter to the Indian Constitution.

“This ideology that runs counter to this document… The SC and ST Atrocities Act is being eroded and weakened,” he said.

Gandhi said IMF chief Christine Lagarde had told Modi recently that atrocities were being committed against women in India.

“She told him that your government was not doing the right thing for Indian women, was not helping them and atrocities were being committed against them. But the Prime Minister is quiet.”

“Other countries used to look up to us… Modiji has destroyed the country’s reputation.

“They (BJP) will see the power and strength of ideology of the Congress. They are already beginning to see it. They will see more and more till 2019 when we will remove them from power,” Gandhi added.