Admitting the loss in the war of perception, Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury on Thursday has said that the Opposition is being branded as anti-national, while addressing a gathering. He stated that Congress leaders who have sacrificed their lives for India's freedom are curiously being branded as anti-national by the BJP. He said that this has led to the loss of Congress' perception in people's minds. He stated that the BJP was superimposing its thoughts into people's minds.
"Those leaders who fought for this country's freedom, who sacrificed their lives in the freedom struggle are being called anti-national. In this narrative, we are being branded as anti-national without realising it. We are being defeated in the battle of perception by the creation of this narrative. They are superimposing their thoughts into people. We are being called anti-national in our own country," said Chowdhury.
Congress has been facing the nation's ire with its constant opposition to the Centre's efforts. Most recently, Congress had openly revolted against the passage of the Triple Talaq law and the Jammu and Kashmir bifurcation law. Senior Congress leaders have claimed that criminalisation of Triple Talaq was unnecessary, as the Triple Talaq act was banned by the Supreme Court. While the bill passed by 2/3 majority in both parliamentary houses, Congress has faced ire from BJP and Indians for not supporting the bill.
Meanwhile, in the Kashmir issue, Congress has constantly called the abrogation of article 370 an 'attack on democracy'. Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi has repeatedly fearmongered over the situation in Kashmir talking about reports of violence and "people dying" in Kashmir. Gandhi along with other Opposition leaders had tried to visit Srinagar inspite local administration telling them to not do so, as it would pose a security risk to residents. His statements have frequently been repeated by Pakistan PM Imran Khan and his ministers. Pakistan has repeatedly fearmongered over Kashmir using Congress' statements, repeatedly calling for global intervention.
This anti-government stance of Congress has led them to lose the perception war, as stated by Chowdhury. Congress has also criticised the government for India's slowing economy. It has blamed the government for this quarter's 5% GDP. Apart from this, Congress has alleged Central institutions like CBI, ED, and IT department are government's puppets due to the recent arrests of top Congress leaders D K Shivakumar and P Chidambaram.