New Delhi: Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Sunday said Agneepath scheme would be destructive for the youth and Army, as she assured her party’s full support to those protesting peacefully against the new recruitment model.
She made the remarks as Congress MPs and leaders sat on a ‘Satyagraha’ at Jantar Mantar here in solidarity with youths protesting the controversial scheme.
“There is no bigger patriot than you. I want to tell you, open your eyes and recognise the fake nationalists and fake patriots. The entire country and the Congress are with you in your struggle,” Priyanka Gandhi said in her remarks aimed at the youths protesting the Agneepath scheme.
In her address, the Congress general secretary also recited a few lines from Harivansh Rai Bachchan’s Hindi poem ‘Agneepath’ to urge the youths to persevere and keep struggling peacefully.
“The name of the poem has been given to a scheme that will destroy the youth. This scheme will destroy the Army. Recognise this government’s intentions.
“In a democratic way and by walking on the path of truth and non-violence, bring down this government. Your objective should be (to ensure) that such a government is formed in the country which shows real patriotism and takes forward the poor and the youth of the country,” Priyanka Gandhi said. She also appealed to those protesting to not resort to violence.
“I want the youth to know that we understand your pain. This is your country and this country’s property is yours. So, it is your responsibility to protect it.
I appeal to you to hold peaceful protests but not stop.
It is your duty to protect the country’s democracy. Every leader of the Congress will support you in fulfilling this duty,” she said.
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