New Delhi, March 9: Former Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Friday came out all guns blazing at the Narendra Modi government accusing it of carrying out a systematic and sustained assault on the society as well as the country. Speaking at an event of a private television news channel, Sonia Gandhi described the BJP government’s claim of great development in last four years of its rule as an “insult to the intelligence” of the people of the country.

“Was India really a giant black hole before 26th May 2014? Did India march to progress, prosperity and greatness just 4 years ago? Is this claim not an insult to the intelligence of our people,” Sonia Gandhi said while speaking at India Today Conclave.

“Our country, our society, our freedoms all are now under a systematic and sustained assault. Callous remarks about changing the Constitution point to a deliberate attempt to subvert the very essence of India,” Sonia said referring to Union Minister Anant Kumar Hegde’s controversial remarks that the ruling BJP government intends to change the Constitution. (Also Read: BJP’s Ache Din Campaign Will Go The India Shining Route in 2019: Sonia Gandhi)

The former top Congress party leader also accused the BJP of not letting the Opposition to speak in Parliament. “They are not allowing us to speak. What is Parliament there for? Parliamentary rules are not being followed. We have not been allowed to speak about the PNB fraud in Parliament. Vajpayee had great respect for Parliamentary procedure,” Sonia said.

“I don’t know him (Modi) as a person,” was Sonia Gandhi’s reply when asked about Narendra Modi.

Sonia Gandhi described the Modi government’s efforts to link Aadhaar with all government-run schemes as an attempt to establish a kind of control over people. “Aadhaar is being turned into an intrusive instrument of control,” Sonia, who handed over Congress’ charge to her son Rahul Gandhi in last December, said.

Taking a dig at PM Modi’s oft-repeated slogan of ‘minimum government,  maximum governance’,  Sonia Gandhi said she believes in ‘balanced government’.  “I’m not too fond of slogans, empty promises, and jumlas,” she went on to add.

Exuding confidence of the Congress returning to power in 2019, Sonia Gandhi said, “We’re (the Congress) going to come back, we’re not going to let them (the BJP) come back.”