Congress plenary session: Congress president Sonia Gandhi addresses party members.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi addressed the party's plenary session in Delhi today and talked about how the party workers needed to work together to become an alternative
to the Modi government.
"Welcome delegates and distinguished guests to the Congress plenary. 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. Jai Hind," Rahul Gandhi had tweeted this morning.
The party moved a resolution
at the event and referred to the "apprehensions among political parties and the people" over the misuse of the Electronic Voting Machines, or EVMs, to manipulate the outcome contrary to the popular verdict.
Here are the live updates of the Congress plenary session:
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Congress Will Rise Again In Karnataka: Sonia Gandhi
"40 years ago, in Chikmagalur, with Mrs. Indira Gandhi's victory the Congress party emerged as a stronger party. With the Karnataka Assembly Election, I believe the party will similarly rise again," she said.
Sonia Gandhi talked about the Congress' achievements under Manmohan Singh. "Under the leadership of former PM Dr. Manmohan Singh, the economy of this country flourished. Our government formed policies which lifted millions of people from poverty. And today, Modi govt is weakening these policies," she said.
After she finished her speech, Sonia Gandhi received a hug from son and party president Rahul Gandhi. Other party members gave her a standing ovation. At the session, she urged the party workers to unite under Rahul Gandhi's leadership. "I want to congratulate our new party president Rahul Gandhi. We should work together under his leadership. We should not think about our personal wishes," she asserted.
"Sabka Sath, Sabka Vikas," was all "Drama", Sonia Gandhi said today while addressing her party workers at the plenary. She also referred to "Na Khaunga Na Khane Dunga", the election slogan of PM Narendra Modi, and said the promises made by him to curb corruption were just empty promises.
"This is our Congress Party that supports people and speaks against the injustice. We have to fight against all the challenges. We have to create a "pratishodh-mukt bharat" (a country free of hatred). And for that we have to work together," Sonia Gandhi said addressing the party workers.
Congress' challenges are not ordinary. We will have to face them, be free from the intoxication of power: Sonia Gandhi
Modi government is intoxicated with power and it has unleashed hatred. Congress will not bow down, and it will never bow down. Modi Government is autocratic and it's bothering media: Sonia Gandhi
Everyone here knows how I entered politics. Circumstances forced me
to join politics and everyone knows this. When i realised the party had become weak, I came and played a role: Sonia Gandhi at Congress Plenary
Victory Of The Party Is Victory For All Of Us
All of us should unite and work together. This is not the time to look at our personal issues. Party's win will be victory for all of us. Congress is not just a political party, but is a vision. The Congress has held a mirror to Indian values. The Congress should fulfill people's wishes and aspirations: Sonia Gandhi
Sonia Gandhi is addressing the plenary meet now.
In its political resolution moved at the party's two-day plenary session, the Congress spoke about the "apprehensions among political parties and the people" over the misuse of the Electronic Voting Machines, or EVMs, to manipulate the outcome contrary to the popular verdict.
Resolutions at the Congress plenary meet:
- Adopt a pragmatic approach for cooperation with all like-minded parties and evolve a common workable programme to defeat the BJP in the 2019 elections.
- On defections, Congress will bar defectors for six years to check misuse of power.
- Congress wants to revert to the old practice of paper ballot.
- Judicial system needs urgent reforms.
- Women's bill should be implemented.
"I have to make two speeches: introduction and conclusion. I'll speak more on conclusion. I'll hear all of you and then give my thoughts on your opinions. In my introduction speech, I'll say two things: today, anger is being spread and the nation is being divided. Our work is to unite. If we have to do this, then we will have to do it together."
Party sources said the Congress would adopt four resolutions on political situation, economic front, foreign affairs, agriculture, jobs and poverty alleviation. The party will highlight its vision on each sphere and compare it with the current situation, they said. The political resolution, the sources say, will also indicate the party's plans for forging coalitions with like-minded parties.
The 84th plenary of the Congress is Rahul Gandhi's first since his elevation to the top post. He will focus on workers as part of his bid to strengthen the party organisation.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi at the party's plenary session in Delhi.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi has arrived at the venue of the Congress plenary session in Delhi.
"Welcome delegates and distinguished guests to the Congress plenary. 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. Jai Hind."
Rahul Gandhi, Congress president