THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Congress Working Committee member A. K. Antony has called upon all secular forces to join hands to throw out Prime Minister Narendra Modi, “who is butchering democracy.” “The Congress-JD (S) alliance in Karnataka is the beginning of the Congress mission to oust Narendra Modi from power,” Mr Antony said while inaugurating the 27th death anniversary of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi at Indira Bhavan here on Monday.
“Modi has been spreading unrest across the country to form BJP governments in various states. It was as per his instruction that the Karnataka Governor invited the BJP to form the government, though it lacked majority,” said Mr Antony. Six union ministers, including Piyush Goyal, tried to promote horse-trading in Karnataka, he added.
Paying glowing tributes to Rajiv Gandhi, he said Rajiv had inherited the traits of his mother Indira Gandhi who had refused to remove her Sikh guards to protect secularism and plurality. He had also sacrificed the interests of Congress party in the troubled states of Assam, Punjab, and Mizoram to bring back peace in those states, he said. “Rajiv Gandhi’s unexpected death was a huge loss to the country. Had he been alive, India would have been number one or two in the list of developed countries. He worked miracles in the fields of science and information technology,” added Mr Antony.