“Unfortunately, it was painful to see Andhra Pradesh becoming a stage for the non-stop violations of the Constitution and unchecked atrocities against all sections of citizens”, stated the TDP National President and former Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu.
Paying rich tributes to Dr BR Ambedkar and other stalwarts on the occasion of Constitution Day today in a statement here, Chandrababu Naidu recalled the outstanding services rendered by our forefathers in laying strong foundations to the vibrant Indian democracy which became an inspiration for many other countries in the world.
The TD chief deplored that all the four pillars of democracy such as the legislature, executive, judiciary and even the media came under threat in the present regime. It was every citizen’s responsibility to protect these institutions from the chaotic forces. Those who had to uphold the spirit of the Constitution were undermining it, which was highly unpardonable. However highly placed they may be, everybody should abide by the Constitution.
Extending his 71st Constitution Day greetings to all Telugu people, Chandrababu Naidu said liberty, freedom and fraternity were the foundations of democracy. It was painful that in AP, all dissenting voices were suppressed, the media was muzzled, the fundamental rights were trampled upon and false cases and illegal detentions were resorted to. The flagrant violation of the Constitutional rights was evident from how the atrocity cases were booked against the SCs themselves.
Babu further expressed concern that the farmers were handcuffed even as joint suicides were committed, unable to bear harassment from the ruling party leaders. Gangrapes and attacks on the Opposition became the order of the day. The general public should strongly oppose the suppression of the aspirations and hopes of our elders for shaping a bright future for the young generations.
Naidu asserted that the Constitution has granted boons like freedom, equality, fundamental rights, brotherhood and secular ideals to every citizen. Anybody who tried to deny these Constitutional guarantees should be condemned. The people should raise their voice for their rights and control those who cross their limits. Oppressive forces should be curtailed and criminal forces should be checked.
The TDP chief said that only when the citizens’ basic rights were protected, it could be said that the Constitution was being implemented well in the country. It was everybody’s duty to protect freedom and equality for which our forefathers waged united battles and made sacrifices. Our elders built great Constitutional institutions that should be strengthened further but not to be undermined. Fundamental rights, directive principles and preamble reflect the high ideals that our forefathers cherished and stood for. It was more important to protect the Constitutional institutions that were built with so much sacrifice and hard work.