Indian democracy is going through one of its darkest hours as the federal government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi is obsessed with power and wants to silence its critics, says Congress party vice president Rahul Gandhi.

Addressing the Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting on Monday in the absence of party president Sonia Gandhi, who is unwell, Rahul Gandhi said the government is threatening civil society for asking questions, and justifying it same in the name of national security.

Referring to the one-day ban on Hindi channel NDTV India, Rahul Gandhi said TV channels were being told to shut down and opposition members were being arrested for questioning the government.

Rahul said such an abuse of state power would only strengthen his party’s resolve to oppose such dangerous plans.

“Asking questions is what discomforts this government the most, for they have no answers. We must in every forum, in particular the upcoming session of Parliament, expose the government’s failures,” PTI quoted him as saying.

The winter session of Parliament starts on November 16.