At CWC meet, Sonia Gandhi targets Govt over farmers’ protest, Arnab WhatsApp chats

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A gathering of the Congress Working Committee (CWC) started Friday morning to finalise the schedule for election of a brand new get together president, amongst different points.
In the assembly, the CWC will talk about the organisational election schedule despatched by the get together’s Central Election Authority headed by Madhusudan Mistry. Indications are that the elections will likely be held in May, after the Assembly elections in 4 states and one Union Territory.
In her opening remarks, interim get together president Sonia Gandhi hit out on the authorities over a bunch of points. She mentioned there have been “many pressing issues of public concern” that wanted to be debated and mentioned within the upcoming session of Parliament.
On the continuing farmers’ agitation, she mentioned the federal government had proven “shocking insensitivity and arrogance going through the charade of consultations”.
“It is abundantly clear that the three laws were prepared in haste and Parliament was consciously denied an opportunity for examining in any meaningful details their implications and impacts. Our position has been very clear from the very beginning: we reject them categorically because they will destroy the foundations of food security that are based on the three pillars of MSP, public procurement and PDS,” she mentioned.

On the purported WhatsApp conversations between Republic TV Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami and former CEO of Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC) Partho Dasgupta, she mentioned there have been “very disturbing” reviews on how nationwide safety was “thoroughly compromised”.
“Just a few days back, Antony-ji had said that leaking of official secrets of military operations is treason. Yet, the silence from the government’s side on what has been revealed has been deafening. Those who give certificates of patriotism and nationalism to others now stand totally exposed,” she mentioned.

Key demand of the letter writersWhile the Congress is ready to announce the schedule for election of a brand new get together president, it’s to be seen whether or not the management will likely be keen to carry elections for the CWC, a requirement made by the group of 23 leaders who had written to Sonia Gandhi. There can be suspense on what the letter-writers would do — would they discipline or again anybody for the submit of get together chief or contest themselves — if elections to the CWC are held.

She mentioned vaccination of frontline well being employees had begun, and the Congress hoped the method can be accomplished “to the fullest extent”.
“The government has inflicted untold suffering on the people of our country by the manner in which it has managed the Covid-19 pandemic. It will take years for the scars to heal,” she mentioned.
On the financial system, Gandhi mentioned the state of affairs remained grim and enormous elements of the financial system, just like the MSME and casual sectors, had been “decimated”.

“When public expenditure has to be carefully prioritised, it is very painful to find huge amounts of money being allocated and spent on initiatives that can only be described as ‘personal vanity projects’. Equally anguishing is the manner in which the government has weakened labour and environmental laws and its moving ahead with selling off of carefully built-up public assets. Panic privatisation has gripped the government and this is something that the Congress party can never accept and support,” she mentioned.