Undermining federalism: Kharge slams Union government for interfering in governance of states

Congress President Kharge was speaking at a mass rally organised by the KPCC in Thrissur in central Kerala.


Published Feb 05, 2024 | 8:56 AMUpdatedFeb 05, 2024 | 8:56 AM

AICC President Mallikarjun Kharge, KC Venugopal and Rahul Gandhi at Congres CEC meeting to decide second list of candidates. (Supplied)

Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge has attacked the BJP-led Union government alleging that its intervention in state governance and attempts to weaken the political autonomy of states undermines the principles of federalism.

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government is not only harassing the state governments but is also crushing the poor people and women of the country, he alleged.

Kharge was speaking at a mass rally organised by the Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) in Thrissur in central Kerala on Sunday, 4 February.

He also remarked that the leaders of the ruling dispensation lack the statesmanship of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru.

“The Union government’s intervention in state governance and autonomous bodies, including interference by the Governors and attempts to reduce the political autonomy of states, undermines the principles of federalism,” the Congress chief said.

Also Read: Congress MLAs from Bihar arrive in Hyderabad ahead of 12 February trust vote

‘Preserve democracy’

Addressing hundreds of party workers gathered here, Kharge stressed the need to stand united to safeguard constitutional rights and preserve democracy.

“We must stand united to safeguard our rights and preserve the democratic fabric of our nation. The Congress party along with the UDF coalition in Kerala is committed to protecting these interests,” he said.

Stating that the prevailing high inflation and unemployment in the country have completely destroyed the poor, lower middle class and middle class populations, the Congress leader alleged that the BJP regime has decided to completely dismantle the public sector and provide support only to the private sector.

The combination of unemployment and inflation that exists in the country has worsened the struggles of the poor under Prime Minister Modi’s tenure, Kharge added.

(Disclaimer: The headline, subheads, and intro of this report along with the photos may have been reworked by South First. The rest of the content is from a syndicated feed, and has been edited for style.)