NEW DELHI: As the Congress began its two-day plenary session in Delhi this morning, party president Rahul Gandhi targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government, saying the nation is being divided. “Today, anger is being spread,” Mr Gandhi, 47, said in a very short speech.
Pitching the Congress as the only alternative to the Modi government, Mr Gandhi said “The nation is tired and looking for a way out, only Congress can show the way ahead… They (government) use anger, we use love. This country is ours. The work Congress does, it will do for the country.”
The Congress President added that he wanted to build a strong and vibrant party with the help of all delegates. “Over the next two days I look forward to interacting with you and to sharing experiences and perspectives that will together help us build a stronger, more vibrant Congress party,” Mr Gandhi said in a tweet before he spoke.
This is Congress’s 84th plenary session and is being held after eight years. Senior leaders, including UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, former Finance Minister P Chidambaram, Ghulam Nabi Azad are among those present.
The Congress will unveil the party’s political roadmap and vision for the next five years at the plenary session being held at held at Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium in Delhi. The party will mainly focus on highlighting the failures of PM Modi’s government and drawing the path forward for the next five years. Sonia Gandhi is also expected to speak at the session this afternoon.
The Congress plans to attack the BJP and its government and motivate its workers to win public support for the 2019 general elections. The party will also encourage its workers to share their vision for the party.
Rahul Gandhi chaired a meeting on Friday with Congress chief ministers, state Congress presidents and Congress legislature party leaders from all states before giving a final shape to the draft resolutions to be adopted at the conclave.
During the session today, two resolutions, one political and another on agriculture, jobs and poverty alleviation will be adopted. The resolutions would also be deliberated upon at the session, with leaders and workers airing their views on key issues.
COMMENTSThe political resolution will also give a final shape to the party’s plans of aligning with like-minded parties to defeat the BJP in the next national election. It will also highlight how the BJP has attacked institutions and is dividing society by propagating only one ideology.