Delhi, 15th August 2022: On Independence Day, Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi addressed the people of India. The Congress chief also took strong exception to the Karnataka Government’s exclusion of India’s first Prime Minister Nehru from a newspaper advertisement on freedom fighters, calling the BJP’s action “pathetic.” She has also accused the current administration of insulting freedom fighters during the Independence Day campaign. She stated that Congress will oppose the government’s use of incorrect rhetoric for political gain.
Sonia Gandhi also wrote, “In the last 75 years, India has left an indelible mark on the international arena in all fields, including science, education, health, and information technology, through the hard work of talented Indians. India established a free, fair, and transparent election system under the leadership of its visionary leaders while strengthening democracy and constitutional institutions. Along with this, India has made its proud identity as a leading country that has always lived up to the pluralistic test of language and religion.”
Taking a jibe at the government, Sonia Gandhi further wrote, “Friends, we have achieved many achievements in the last 75 years, but today’s self-conscious government is bent on trivializing the great sacrifices of our freedom fighters and the glorious achievements of the country which will never be accepted. Indian National Congress will strongly oppose every attempt to misrepresent historical facts and crush great leaders like Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, and Abul Kalam Azad based on lies for political gains.”
Upon the question raised about who will host the flag at the Congress headquarters, Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi have been isolated following Covid-19 protocols. The Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha, Mallikarjun Kharge, is also affected by Covid-19. In 2020, AK Antony hoisted the party flag on the foundation day of Congress, but currently, he is in Kerala. During their absence, Congress leader Ambika Soni hoisted the national flag at AICC headquarters in Delhi.