After having the Modi government on the back-foot in the Monsoon session over GST, and land Bill, The Congress is keen to maintain the pressure in the coming winter session too. This mood of the party is evident as Congress President Sonia Gandhi and vice president Rahul are likely to meet President Pranab Mukherjee, over the issue of rising intolerance in the country and subsequently making it an issue in the forthcoming parliamentary session, according to media reports .
The meeting comes in the backdrop of writers, filmmakers, scientists, and historians, returning their respective awards as a sign of protest against the rising intolerance in the country, along with the murders of rationalists like Dr Narendra Dabholkar, Govind Pansare, MM Kalburgi, and the gruesome murder of Mohammad Akhlaq, over rumours of consuming beef, in Uttar Pradesh’s Dadri area.
Expressing serious concern over the rising issue of intolerance, Sonia had, at a function, vowed to fight the “diabolical design” of divisive forces to spread hatred, which posed a threat to the unity of the country.
“Organisations and people of a particular ideology are spreading it to divide people. We are under no illusion that it is an accident. The hate, violence and petty mindedness is being unleashed as part of a pre-determined plan. We will not allow such a diabolical design to succeed…It will shake country’s foundations… We are ready to fight the battle,” she said.
The party’s intention to raise the level of the debate to the Rashtrapati Bhavan appears to indicate that the issue will be used to put pressure on the government during the winter session of Parliament.