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"Those Who Give Certificates Of Nationalism Stand Exposed": Sonia Gandhi On Leaked Chats Of Arnab Goswami

Congress president Sonia Gandhi, alleging that national security had been 'thoroughly compromised', today said that the government's silence over the leaked WhatsApp chats of TV anchor Arnab Goswami on the Balakot strikes is 'deafening'.

At a meeting of the Congress Working Committee (CWC), Sonia Gandhi started her address by taking on the government over the farmer protests, alleging 'shocking insensitivity and arrogance' and what she called a charade of consultations between the centre and protesters.

It was clear that the three farm laws that have triggered the massive protests outside Delhi, were prepared in haste, the Congress President said.

'The agitation of farmers continues and the government has shown shocking insensitivity and arrogance going through the charade of consultations,' she added.

'It is abundantly clear that the three laws were prepared in haste and Parliament was consciously denied an opportunity for examining in any meaningful details their implications and impacts. Our position has been very clear from the very beginning: we reject them categorically because they will destroy the foundations of food security that are based on the three pillars of MSP (Minimum Support Price), public procurement and PDS (Public Distribution System).'

She also slammed the government over its silence on the issue of alleged chats of TV anchor Arnab Goswami.

'Very recently there have been very disturbing reports on how national security has been so thoroughly compromised. I think just a few days back, Antony-ji (former Defence Minister AK Antony) had said that leaking of official secrets of military operations is treason. Yet the silence from the Government's side on what has been revealed has been deafening,' Sonia Gandhi said during the virtual meeting.

'Those who give certificates of patriotism and nationalism to others now stand totally exposed.'

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