Congress will do 'Satyagraha' in all the assembly constituencies today, demanding the government to withdraw the 'Tughlaqi' step
Intensifying its attack on the government over the Agneepath scheme, the Congress on Sunday said that the Modi government is playing with the future of the youth by introducing this new scheme of recruitment in the army. The Congress will hold 'Satyagraha' in all the assembly constituencies of the country on Monday against the scheme and demand the withdrawal of the "Tughlaqi" decision to implement the Agneepath scheme.
Demand to withdraw Agneepath scheme
20 senior Congress leaders and spokespersons, including Pawan Khera in West Bengal, Ajay Maken in Lucknow, Supriya Srinet in Mumbai, and Gaurav Gogoi in Chennai, addressed press conferences in several cities, titled 'Agneepath Ki Baat: Betrayal of the Youth'. was. During this, he demanded the withdrawal of the scheme, citing the threat to national security and discontent among the youth.
Congress said that Congress leaders in all assembly constituencies from 10:00 am to 1 pm on Monday in each assembly constituency at the national level against the "imposed without deliberation", "anti-youth and anti-national" plan. The activists will conduct a "peaceful satyagraha". Addressing a press conference in Delhi, party spokesperson Shaktisinh Gohil said Congress stands with the youth, and this "Tughlaqi decision" should be withdrawn immediately.
Gohil said, "At a time when China has entered our borders... It (Agneepath scheme) is like playing with national security." He said, 'I demand from the Prime Minister that Agneepath scheme should be withdrawn and whatever ministers or spokespersons of BJP say that Agneepath scheme is good, they should get their sons and daughters admitted under this scheme.'
Gohil also sought an apology from Prime Minister Narendra Modi over BJP leader Kailash Vijayvargiya's remarks that he would give priority to 'Agnivar' for the security of the party office. "The leader who has said that Agniveers will be appointed as guards in BJP offices should be sacked by the Prime Minister and the Prime Minister should apologize," he said.
Addressing a press conference at the state Congress headquarters in Jaipur, Congress Rajya Sabha member from Haryana Deepender Singh Hooda also attacked the Center over the Agneepath scheme and said the government copied other countries to draft policies.
"The government has adopted the attitude of 'copycat monkey', but this is India. Sometimes it gives the example of America in terms of agricultural laws, and sometimes it talks about Israel in the context of military service.
Significantly, after the announcement of the Agneepath scheme on June 14, there were protests in different parts of the country. Under this scheme, there is a provision to recruit youths in the age group of 17 and a half to 21 years on a contract basis for four years. 25 percent of them will be selected for regular service after completing four years of service. The upper age limit of applicants has been increased to 23 years for the year 2022.
On June 20, Congress held a peaceful satyagraha on the issue at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi and in various states. Congress MPs also took out a peaceful march from Parliament against Agneepath and a delegation of senior leaders submitted a memorandum to President Ram Nath Kovind urging him to withdraw the controversial plan. The President is the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces