New Delhi: Union Law Minister
Launching a blistering attack on the Congress leader, Rijiju reminded the Gandhi offspring that the former Prime Minister ‘
Targeting Gandhi’s descendant, the Union Justice Minister called Rahul’s comments “empty words”. Rijiju accused Congress of never respecting democracy and government institutions. The BJP leader further alleged that the grand old party has always supported people who try to break the unity of India. “If there is a party that is the antithesis of freedom, democracy and respect for institutions, it is the Indian National Congress. This party has always supported the forces of Breaking India and left no stone unturned. possibility of dividing India,” he tweeted.
The Justice Minister has targeted Congress by claiming that under UPA rule, thousands of people were prosecuted for sedition under the watchful eyes of ‘recount minister’ P Chidambaram in 2012.
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He further accused the Congress-led UPA government of bullying, harassing, intimidating and arresting people during the Anna movement and other anti-corruption movements.
Dragging Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi into the controversy, Rijiju tweeted, “And…Who introduced the First Amendment? None other than Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru! It was SP Mookerjee and the Jana Sangh who opposed this move to to restrict freedom of expression Nehru ji also sacked the democratically elected government of Kerala.
“And… It was the Indira Gandhi government that made Section 124A a recognizable offense for the first time in Indian history. This happened in the new Criminal Procedure Code of 1973 which went into effect in 1974. Has Congress verified its own past actions? Her other tweet read.
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Rijiju’s scathing comments came after Rahul Gandhi today targeted the Modi government saying telling the truth was patriotic not treason. “Speaking the truth is patriotism, not treason. Listening to the truth is Rajdharma. Crushing the truth is arrogance. Do not be afraid,” he urged people in his post on Twitter.