Congress ‘Satyagraha’ in all assembly seats today

Dissent to Agnipath

New Delhi, June 26: The Congress will stage ‘Satyagraha’ across all assembly constituencies in the country on Monday demanding withdrawal of the “Tuglaqi” decision to roll out the Agnipath scheme for recruitment in the defence forces, the main opposition party said.
Twenty senior Congress leaders and spokespersons, including Pawan Khera in West Bengal, Ajay Maken in Lucknow, Supriya Srinate in Mumbai and Guarav Gogoi in Chennai, addressed press conferences titled ‘Agnipath ki Baat: Yuwaon se Vishwasghaat’ and demanded the scheme be rescinded, citing risk to national security and discontent among the youth.
Calling the short-term recruitment policy “anti-youth and anti-national”, the party said it was “bulldozed through without discussion”.
Congress leaders and activists will observe a “peaceful Satyagraha” on Monday from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM in all assembly constituencies.
Addressing a press conference here, Congress spokesperson Shaktisinh Gohil said the party stands with the youth and this “Tughlaqi decision” should be withdrawn immediately.
Muhammad bin Tughlaq, who ruled the Delhi Sultanate for a short period of time in the 14th century, was known for his controversial decisions.
“At a time when China has entered our borders… this (Agnipath scheme) is like playing with national security,” Gohil said.
“I demand from the prime minister that Agnipath be withdrawn and all those ministers or BJP spokespersons who say that the Agnipath scheme is good, they should get their sons and daughters recruited under the Agnipath scheme,” he said.
Gohil also demanded an apology from Prime Minister Narendra Modi over BJP leader Kailash Vijayvargiya’s remarks that he will give priority to ‘Agniveers’ for guarding the party office.
“The leader who said that Agniveers will be employed in BJP offices as guards should be sacked by the prime minister and the PM must apologise,” Gohil demanded.
Addressing another press conference at the PCC headquarters in Jaipur, Congress Rajya Sabha MP from Haryana Deepender Singh Hooda also attacked the Centre over the Agnipath scheme and called the government a “copycat” for importing ideas from foreign nations to draft policies.
“The government has adopted the attitude of a ‘Nakalchi Bandar (copycat)’ but this is Hindustan. Sometimes it (the government) gives the example of America in the context of agriculture laws and at other times talks about Israel in reference to military service,” he said.

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