The party’s attack against the government ahead of the Lok Sabha elections in 2019, Congress President Rahul Gandhi is expected to launch a nation-wide ‘Save the Constitution’ campaign on Monday, which aims to highlight the purported “attacks on the Constitution and Dalits” under the BJP-led government, reported.
The campaign is being touted as the party’s efforts to reach out to the community ahead of the crucial 2019 polls. Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, party general secretary Ghulam Nabi Azad and several senior leaders including Mallikarjun Kharge and Sushil Kumar Shinde are expected to attend the campaign, reported.
The campaign is scheduled to continue till April 14 next year, which is the birth anniversary of the Dalit icon, Dr. BR Ambedkar.
The campaign, which plans to “sensitise the attendees” regarding the current state of affairs of the community, will be attended by Congress’ present and former Dalit lawmakers, office-bearers in zilla parishad, civic bodies and panchayat samitis and the party’s office-bearers attached to its regional units,reported.
Sources told that the attendees would be expected to “carry forward the message” by holding siilar such campaigns in their states to create awareness about the issue and to reach out to the community members.
Speaking on this, of Congress’s Scheduled Castes department Nitin Raut, said in a statement, “Ever since the RSS supported BJP came to power at the centre, the Indian Constitution has been under severe attack, in one form or the other, thereby, denying the marginalised sections of society their constitutional rights.”quoted him as saying, “ The BJP-RSS combine is set to dismantle the social security available for SCs, STs and other weaker sections.
The RSS ideology attacks the basic structure of the Indian Constitution. This would be countered by Congress Party.”
Raut also attacked the BJP-led government at the Centre over the March 20 verdict of the Supreme Court that allegedly “diluted” certain provisions of the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities Act).
Raut stated that the government had “intentionally” failed to place before the apex court relevant facts and background related to the act “holistically”.>