New Delhi, Fab 4 : Congress lawmaker Shashi Tharoor on Tuesday slammed the Modi government saying it has failed on multiple fronts including on providing a good governance and asserted that the ruling dispensation is now working to divide the 'soul of India'."They are dividing this country....Hindus versus Muslims, Desh drohis versus Desh Bhakts, Hindi speakers versus non-Hindi speakers....In 1947, we had a partition of Indian soil, in 2020, this government is giving us a partition of Indian soul," the Congress member said in Lok Sabha amid 'shame, shame' cheers from several Opposition members.
Taking a pot shot at the alleged lip service given by the NDA towards its much hyped slogan 'Sabka Vikas, Sabha Saath and Sabka Vishwas', Mr Tharoor said, "Honestly it reminds me what Napoleon had said that it was neither Holy, nor Roman nor an empire. And here we have neither Sabka Saath, nor development nor faith".Participating in the debate on Motion of Thanks to President's address, the former Union Minister said, "In last few months under this government we have witnessed a fundamental assault on the democratic, secular and constitutional fabric of India".
He went onto say that the present ruling dispensation has turned into a 'Tukde Tukde gang...'.Mr Tharoor said the country is facing 'an existential threat' to Indian democracy as the Modi government took measures like abrogation of Article 370 and the UAPA Bill with its 'draconian measures'. He alleged that the government also misled President Ram Nath Kovind on Mahatma Gandhi as Gandhiji's speech in reference to minorities in neighbouring Pakistan was 'selectively quoted' in the address of January 31.He said Gandhiji's statement was misused to justify enacting of the new Citizenship law.
"This government misled the Rashtrapati about the Rashtra-pita....," he charged."If the government continues down this very slippery slope...no matter how many leaders from history you borrow or whose name you seek to hijack, you will be exposed," he cautioned the Modi government adding, "History will see you for what you are really are, men with limited vision unable to comprehend the great diversity of India". (UNI)