Presiding over the function to mark the foundation day of Congress party, Rahul Gandhi, the new party chief, strongly criticised the BJP, making the most of union minister Ananthakumar Hegde’s controversial remarks.
Even as Rahul Gandhi addressed his party on its 133rd foundation day, his mother Sonia Gandhi, who had announced her retirement from the post, took a break from active work.
Opening attack on the ruling party over Union minister Hegde’s remarks on constitution, the issue which has led to protest on the floor of Parliament, Rahul Gandhi said that Constitution is under an attack.
“Today, it is distressing to see that this document, the foundation of our country, given to us by the Congress party, given to us by Mr Ambedkar, is under attack,” he said.
“… Statements are being made by senior members of the BJP and it is under attack surreptitiously from the back. It is the duty of the Congress party, the duty of every single Indian, to defend the Constitution and every person’s rights and views,” Rahul Gandhi added in his address.
Gandhi, who was appointed party president on December 16, unfurled the Congress flag at the Congress headquarters in Akbar Road, a first for him. Former prime minister Manmohan Singh and senior leaders, including Congress Working Committee (CWC) members, were present at the event.
Accusing the BJP of spreading lies, he said that the current ruling party operates on the basic idea that a lie can be used for political benefit.
“And this is the difference between us and them,” he said, adding, “we might suffer, we might not do well, we might even lose, but we will not give up the truth, we will defend the truth.”
He also highlighted the Congress’ “glorious” history and its lead role in bringing the independence to the country. Rahul Gandhi stated that the party has been working in the interest of the country for over a century.
The central idea of the party was truth, he said. “We work with the truth, we fight for the truth.”
(With inputs from PTI)