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Democracy passing through darkest hours under Modi regime: Rahul Gandhi

Democracy passing through darkest hours under Modi regime: Rahul Gandhi

New Delhi: Terming the Narendra Modi government as being "obsessed with power", and "seeking to silence all who disagree", Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Monday said democracy under the present dispensation was going through one of its "darkest hours".

Addressing the Congress Working Committee (CWC) meet here, Gandhi also said that TV channels were "being punished".

"The Modi government is obsessed with power, it seeks to silence all those who disagree. Hiding behind the cloak of national security, civil society is being intimidated for asking questions. Television channels are being punished and asked to shut down," said Gandhi.

"The opposition is being arrested for holding the government to account," said Gandhi who presided over the CWC meet after party President Sonia Gandhi reported unwell.

"Democracy under the present dispensation is going through one of its darkest hours. All attempts by this government to suppress our fundamental freedoms by abusing state power will only strengthen our resolve to defeat such dangerous designs," he said.

Calling for "exposing" the Modi government in the upcoming Parliament session, Gandhi said: "Asking questions is what discomforts this government the most, for they have no answers."

He also said that atrocities against Dalits go unabated and rights of the tribals continue to be "trampled upon".

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