Congress authorises Rahul Gandhi to choose new Working Committee members

Remigio Civitarese
Marzo 19, 2018

"The name Modi symbolises the collusion between India's biggest crony capitalists and the Prime Minister of India", Gandhi said at the 84th Congress Plenary Session here. "Look at who is deciding on the Congress to be Pandavas".

In a speech marked by dramatic outbursts, poses and anecdotes, Rahul Gandhi sought to send across the party cadres and leadership a clear signal that he wanted to restore the glory of the Congress of yore with stalwarts like Jawarharlal Nehru, Sardar Patel in its ranks.

"The party which questioned the fundamental existence of Shri Ram today wants to identify itself with Pandavas", Sitharaman said, in an apparent reference to the Congress stand on the issue of construction of a Ram temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya. "In the little episode that he (Rahul) narrated that he went to a Congress Pandit and BJP Pandit, asking the meaning of rituals, (he) chooses to make a mockery of Hindu rituals". "My aim is to present an Indian vision to the world", the Congress President said. "Because they would like to keep their family high, as the only one who got freedom for India, hit at everybody else, and Veer Savarkar tops the list always".

Referring to the results of the recent bypolls in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, she said, "The BJP graciously accepted its mistakes and said that it would work on them". Accusing the prime minister of jumping from one event to another to divert attention from real issues, Rahul said, "At a time when there is no employment and farmers are dying, Modi tells us to go to India Gate to do yoga".

"Do I need to remind how Indira Gandhi treated the judiciary when one verdict went against her. Rajiv Gandhi in 1988, nearly brought a bill to curtail the freedom of the press".

They (people) will accept a man accused of murder as the president of the BJP, but they will never ever accept the same in the Congress Party because they hold Congress in the highest regard. "This is a fake and false motivated campaign by someone who is out on bail on criminal conspiracy of fraud in National Herald case", Sitharaman said while addressing a press conference. "The Pandavas were humble and fought for the truth", Gandhi said. "Does that touch Mahatma Gandhi?"

Gandhi briefly spoke about the Congress's vision, especially for farmers and job-seeking youth. "Is that your ideology?"

But then again, upon taking over as party vice-president in January 2013 at the Jaipur session, Gandhi had made similar noises, talking about the need for leaders to meet workers, the need to respect workers, for youngsters to be given a chance, etc. "Congress has stuck to its agenda which is to peddle fakery". Terming the BJP's policies as "extreme right-wing", the Congress also tried to draw a line of difference with the party's economic, foreign and development policies.

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