Addressing his party’s 84th plenary session – a top brainstorming meet — Congress president Rahul Gandhi took on the Narendra Modi government at the Centre, in the same breath pitching his party as the only alternative that would take the country forward by fostering an environment of amity and love.
The plenary session is tipped to pave way for the much talked about organisational overhaul of the principal opposition party, which has often looked short of imagination and tired of energy to play serious role in country’s politics off-late.
In his brief inaugural address this morning, Gandhi said the Congress’s hand (election symbol) is the only one that would unite India and take it forward, and reminded partymen that it followed the ideology of love.
Speaking of the general change in his party, the talking point ever since his coronation as the party chief, Rahul Gandhi told that organisation machinery under him would take the seniors and the youths together. He underlined this synergy as the tradition of the Congress party, which has always embraced change without forgetting its past and legacy.
“If the youths have to take the Congress forward, it cannot be done without the experience the party veterans. My task is to be take them together,” he said.
Representatives of the party have fought hard to keep the Congress ideology alive. Senior leaders of the Congress will guide the youths and take the party forward, he added.
Criticising the incumbent government at the centre, he claimed that crores of youths in the country are looking up at the government for jobs but it is not addressing this serious issue. The principal opposition party has been attacking the government over the issue of economy, unemployment and agrarian crisis.
“The country is tired of what is happening under the current government. Only the Congress party can show the way and heal divisions in the nation,” Rahul Gandhi said.
“Come what may, this country belongs to everyone, every religion, every caste and every person and the Congress party is for everyone and we will not leave anyone behind,” he added.
The two-day plenary session is being attended by senior Congress leaders including former party president and UPA chairman Sonia Gandhi and former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
(With inputs from PTI)