Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge Claims Efforts on to Change Constitution, Warns About Dictatorship

Last Updated: February 25, 2024, 19:53 IST

Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge. (Image: PTI file)

Speaking at the valedictory of the ‘Constitution and National Unity Convention’, Kharge called on citizens to be aware of efforts attempting to mislead them by imposing a particular ideology

Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge on Sunday claimed that efforts are underway to change the Constitution, and warned people that there would ”certainly be a dictatorship” in India if they don’t stand strong and united in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. He was speaking at the valedictory of the ‘Constitution and National Unity Convention -2024’ here.

“Many people are trying to erase or change the Constitution. If you don’t stand strong and united in the upcoming election and if the Constitution is affected, it is certain that there will be a dictatorship in this country in the days to come. Whether you want dictatorship or want to lead a life with justice, (deciding that) is important,” Kharge said.

”If the Constitution survives, the unity of this country will survive. If democracy survives, every one can live with prosperity. But today there is no government at the Centre that either protects the Constitution or functions keeping the Constitution in mind,” he added. This is why protecting the Constitution and abiding by it is most important, he said, in his address to the gathering. Kharge called on the citizens to be aware of efforts to mislead them by trying to impose a certain ideology.

He claimed that there was a conspiracy underway to frame a new Constitution by giving up the existing one. ”(Prime Minister Narendra) Modi speaks about protecting the Constitution, but why are the protectors of the Constitution using the ED (on opposition leaders), purchasing MLAs of opposition parties to take control of opposition-ruled states or governments as done in Karnataka, Manipur and Goa? How far is this constitutional,” Kharge said. If this ”obsession” continues, there may be a day when there will be a dictatorship in this country, he added.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is used to saying ”my guarantee” instead of ”Government’s guarantees” or at least ”BJP government’s guarantees”, Kharge said. ”How is it your (Modi) guarantee? It is not yours, when people of the country give money by paying taxes….if a person in this way says I did, I have done, I, I, I….then he will lead the country towards dictatorship one day.”

(This story has not been edited by News18 staff and is published from a syndicated news agency feed – PTI)

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