Congress resolves to save 'soul' of the Constitution, Opposition boycotts Parliament joint session

The opposition parties, including the DMK, the SP, NCP and the Left parties boycotted the session too and held a joint protest in front of the Ambedkar statue inside Parliament complex.

Published: 26th November 2019 12:11 PM  |   Last Updated: 26th November 2019 12:40 PM   |  A+A-

Congress, along with other Opposition parties including the Shiv Sena, skipped a special joint sitting of both Houses of Parliament. (Photo | EPS)

Congress, along with other Opposition parties including the Shiv Sena, skipped a special joint sitting of both Houses of Parliament. (Photo | Shekhar Yadav, EPS)

By PTI

NEW DELHI: The Congress on Constitution Day Tuesday said it resolved to save the soul of the Constitution by not allowing it to be mortgaged to an "autocratic government blinded by the insatiable lust for power".

Congress, along with other Opposition parties including the Shiv Sena, skipped a special joint sitting of both Houses of Parliament to mark their protest against the BJP's alleged high-handedness in Maharashtra.

The opposition parties, including the DMK, the SP, NCP and the Left parties boycotted the session too and held a joint protest in front of the Ambedkar statue inside Parliament complex.

In a first, the Shiv Sena supported the Congress in the protest.

The protest was led by Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, former prime minister Manmohan Singh and party leader Rahul Gandhi.

Sonia Gandhi led the protesters in taking a pledge to uphold the Constitution.

She read out the Preamble and resolved to stand by the fundamental values of the Constitution.

Among the leaders who joined in were DMK's T R Baalu, Shiv Sena's Arvind Sawant, TMC's Saugata Roy and NCP's Majeed Memon.

The RJD and the IUML also participated in the protests.

"Bullies' & 'Blackmailer' acting as unbridled rulers can't subjugate Constitutional ethos," Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said on Twitter.

"We the people observe #ConstitutionDay every 26th November. Let's resolve today - the soul of Constitution shall not be mortgaged to an autocratic govt blinded by insatiable lust for power," he added.

Rahul Gandhi and Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra also spoke their mind on the occasion.

Congratulating all Indians on Constitution Day, Rahul Gandhi echoed Sonia Gandhi in saying he resolved to save the fundamental values of the Constitution.

"We salute the contributions made by the members of our Constituent Assembly. We are proud of our Constitution," Rahul Gandhi said in a tweet in Hindi.

Priyanka Gandhi also took to Twitter to say that people in power today are trying to disregard the values of the Constitution and weaken the people's strength in democracy by expanding the role of money power.

"To face this money and muscle power, it is important not only to bow our heads before our Constitution but also pledge to stand by every value the Constitution enshrines. Jai Constitution, Jai Hind," Priyanka Gandhi said in a tweet in Hindi.

The Congress leader also said that on Constitution Day, people should take an oath to stand by tenets enshrined in the Constitution to take on money and muscle power.

The government is celebrating 'Constitution Day' or 'Samvidhan Diwas' on Tuesday in the Central Hall of Parliament to mark the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the Constitution by the constituent assembly.

"Today is Constitution Day and people in power are circumventing the values of the Constitution and weakening the power of the people in a democracy by promoting money power," she tweeted.

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