She also charged the government with making 'systematic attempts' to dismantle edifice of the welfare state and asked party workers to 'strongly oppose' its moves on the Land Bill and
Food Security Law.

"One hand, the Prime Minister wants to project himself as the great champion of good governance and Constitutional values, while on the other he allows many of his colleagues to make vile statements and foment communal polarisation,” the Congress president said in her inaugural address to a day-long conference of Congress Chief Ministers, the first after the party's worst defeat in Lok Sabha polls last year.

“This has already damaged our secular fabric. An atmosphere of fear and foreboding has been deliberately created," she added.

"There is another aspect of both substance and style that I should mention and this relates to a dangerous duplicitous game that is being played out. In terms of substance, there are systematic attempts being made to dismantle the edifice of the welfare state built up over the decades by successive Congress governments", Sonia Gandhi asserted.

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