Ensure a secular government at the Centre: Sachin Pilot

Sachin Pilot criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s silence over attacks on Kashmiris in the wake of Pulwama terror attack. 

Published: 25th February 2019 03:27 AM  |   Last Updated: 25th February 2019 03:27 AM   |  A+A-

Congress leader and Rajasthan Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot addresses the gathering during the valedictory session of IUML district conference in Malappuram on Sunday

Congress leader and Rajasthan Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot addresses the gathering during the valedictory session of IUML district conference in Malappuram on Sunday

By Express News Service

MALAPPURAM: Congress leader and Rajasthan Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot has called for efforts to strengthen hands of secular forces in a bid to ensure a secular government at the Centre. The Rajasthan Pradesh Congress Committee president was addressing a gathering at the valedictory session of IUML Malappuram district conference. 

“The country, within a few days, will head towards Lok Sabha elections. Parliament election is crucial for the entire country and it will decide which direction the country will take in the next five years. I urge all to take up efforts to strengthen the hands of secular forces and Rahul Gandhi. We will have a UPA government in New Delhi with your support,” he said, adding victory in three states is a reflection and sign of the things to come.  

Sachin Pilot criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s silence over attacks on Kashmiris in the wake of Pulwama terror attack. 

“Young students and citizens of Jammu and Kashmir were harassed across the country. They were beaten, they were brutalised and they were targeted. It took five days for the Prime Minister to break the silence and state we are against any kind of violence,” he said.

He asked Keralites to make use of their franchise against the BJP government. “No matter how many times Amit Shah and Narendra Modi come to Kerala and no matter how much poison they put into the society all 20 seats should go to UDF,” he said. 

Pilot, who appreciated Congress and IUML for upholding secular credentials and practising politics of secularism and development, made a scathing attack on the state government over its propagation of political violence. “The government of the day that propagates violence must be taught a lesson in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections,” he said.  

Sachin Pilot went on to say that IUML is integral part of the UDF and UPA. “The party holds a special part in our alliance,” he said. 

Rashtra Seva Award was awarded to AICC organising secretary K C Venugopal at the function. The award was instituted in memory of Syed Mohammed Ali Shihab Thangal. Venugopal received the award from IUML state president Syed Hyderali Shihab Thangal. IUML national general secretary P K Kunhalikutty MP, national organising secretary E T Mohammed Basheer MP, state general secretary K P A Majeed, party MLAs and leaders of feeder organisations were present. 
 

Stay up to date on all the latest Kerala news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp