Democracy in peril, governmetn misusing mandate, says Sonia
New Delhi, Sep. 12 (IANS): Congress interim President Sonia Gandhi on Thursday attacked the BJP government over the economic slowdown and accused it of indulging in vendetta politics as she told party leaders that it was not enough to be aggressive only on social media as “democracy was in peril” and the mandate was being “misused” by the government.
According to a Congress source, “Sonia told the party leaders that democracy is in peril today. The electoral mandate is being misused and abused in a most dangerous fashion by the government. Appropriation of freedom fighters and leaders like Mahatma Gandhi, Sardar Patel, and B.R. Ambedkar with the sole aim of misinterpreting their true messages to further their nefarious agenda. The Congress party must have agitational agenda, and merely being active on social media is not enough.”
Sonia said this while addressing the meeting of party general secretaries, state in-charges, state unit chiefs and others here.
A party source said that she also recalled the UPA regime’s achievements in dealing with the economic slowdown between 2007 and 2009.
“She told party leaders that our government had taken the economy out of the slowdown during the economic recession,” the source said.
She also recalled how during the UPA regime the Congress-led government was able to generate jobs.
Slamming the government over the economic slowdown, Sonia told the party that the BJP-led NDA government has been unable to save jobs in several sectors.
Sonia said that “the resilience and resolve of the Congress is being tested today. And we need to go to people.”
This is the first meeting of Sonia with senior party leaders, a month after she was appointed the party’s interim chief.
Her son and former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi stepped down from the top post taking moral responsibility for the party’s loss in the Lok Sabha polls.
The party source also said that the agenda of the meeting will revolve around Gandhi Jayanti preparations, membership drive and party workers’ training.
Congress to hold agitations against govt’s economic policies
New Delhi, Sep. 12 (PTI): The Congress on Thursday announced it will hold massive agitations across the country from October 15 to October 25 against the government’s policies that have allegedly led to an “economic slowdown”.
The decision was taken at a meeting chaired by Congress chief Sonia Gandhi at the AICC headquarters here.
The meeting was attended by former prime minister Manmohan Singh, AICC general secretaries and in-charges of various states and Congress Legislative Party leaders, among others.
It was decided at the meeting that Pradesh Congress Committee delegate conventions will be held across the country from September 20 to 30 to highlight the “economic slowdown”, Congress spokesperson R P N Singh said at a press conference, in which party general secretary K C Venugopal was also present.
This will be followed by massive agitations across the country from October 15 to October 25 against the government over its policies that have led to the slowdown, Singh said.
The Congress will also hold ‘padayatras’ from October 2 to October 9 to mark the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, he said.
The party’s membership drive will also start in October, Singh said.