Tribune News Service
Ahmedabad, March 12
The Congress Working Committee on Tuesday resolved to seek a mandate for change in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections and said Prime Minister Narendra Modi was “cynically exporting people for electoral gains”.
Held in Ahmedabad, the crucial assembly of top Congress leaders, attended by party president Rahul Gandhi, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and former prime minister Manmohan Singh, sought the mandate for mike minded parties and Congress allies and also appealed to progressive forces to unite against the BJP.
Reiterating its commitment to the AICC Plenary which resolved to forge alliances with like-minded parties to defeat the BJP, CWC said the Plenary resolution on alliances stands.
Speaking after the meeting on Tuesday, party spokesperson Anand Sharma said: “The stand on alliances was delineated in the plenary resolution. We draw our strength from the Plenary. The CWC asked for people’s mandate for all Congress supporting parties and allies. Alliances were not discussed separately today”.
That the Congress May soften its stand on pre poll pacts which are hardly on track was evident from the tweet Rahul Gandhi posted while he was still at the CWC meeting.
He said no sacrifice is too great to defeat BJP.
“On the anniversary of Gandhi Ji’s historic Dandi March, the Congress Working Committee in Ahmedabad, resolved to defeat the RSS/ BJP ideology of fascism, hatred, anger & divisiveness. No sacrifice is too great in this endeavour; no effort too little; this battle will be won.”
On the anniversary of Gandhi Ji’s historic Dandi March, the Congress Working Committee in Ahmedabad, resolved to defeat the RSS/ BJP ideology of fascism, hatred, anger & divisiveness. No sacrifice is too great in this endeavour; no effort too little; this battle will be won. pic.twitter.com/w6PhAIbYMs— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) March 12, 2019
Later in the day the CWC passed a political resolution that reaffirmed party’s commitment to unity in times of crisis such as Pulwama, and attacked prime minister Modi for exploiting people’s emotions to divert people’s attention from the failures of his government.
“We won’t let people forget that the Modi Government has been all about betrayal,” Anand Sharma said.
On post Pulwama events the CWC resolution noted: “The CWC sends a stern and unequivocal message to India's enemies that India stands united and resolute as one nation to confront and defeat their nefarious agenda. India is a resilient democracy, proud of its brave Armed Forces. It shall never be defeated by forces of violence and terror”.
The Congress Party expresses its strong disappointment that the Prime Minister is cynically exploiting the issue of National Security, on which we are all united, to divert attention from his colossal failures, bogus claims and persistent falsehoods.”
The meeting also resolved to expose the BJP government’s “falsehoods” and said the Congress will seek a mandate for change with all humility.
The party added that it will remind people of how the Congress led UPA kept the promises of economic growth, social inclusion and development and in the recently won three states the promise of farm loan waiver.
“We will go to the people and talk about how Congress does what it says while the BJP makes false promises. We won’t let the BJP fool India again,” Sharma said.
Rahul, Sonia Gandhi and Manmohan Singh addressed the CWC meeting. Priyanka Gandhi also spoke and is learnt to have given her suggestions on the Congress’ manifesto promise of basic income for the poor.
Earlier the top Congress leaders offered prayers at Sabarmati Ashram.
The CWC meeting was symbolically held in Gujarat, the home state of Mahatma Gandhi and Sardar Patel to coincide with the 89th anniversary of Dandi March today and also to mark the ongoing 150th birth anniversary celebrations of Mahatma Gandhi.
The CWC also paid respects to the martyrs of Jallianwala Bagh massacre in the centenary year of the tragedy.
Congress said BJP was trying to appropriate the icons of the freedom movement because they have none of their own.
“But the BJP is the opposite of everything Mahatma Gandhi and Sardar Patel stood for. CWC reiterated its commitment to the values shown by the two great sons of Gujarat,” Anand Sharma said.
CWC meeting was the first major political event of Congress after the declaration of general elections this Sunday.
‘Gabbar Singh Tax’
Rahul Gandhi attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his 2014 promise of "depositing" Rs 15 lakh in the account of every citizen.
He was speaking at a rally in Adalaj village of Gandhinagar district after the Congress Working Committee meeting.
Gandhi also played to the gallery in the business- driven state by claiming that "Gabbar Singh Tax", his oft- repeated jibe for the Goods and Services Tax (GST) was beyond the understanding of traders.
"Gabbar Singh Tax (GST) can't be understood by our traders even today (after its was implemented nationwide last year)," he said.
"Did people get Rs 15 lakh into their bank accounts as promised by Narendra Modi?" he asked at the well-attended rally.
Turning his attention on the Pulwama terror attack and the subsequent air strike by India and the aerial engagement with Pakistan Air Force the next day, Gandhi said it was National Security Adviser Ajit Doval who has sent Jaish-e- Mohammed chief Massod Azhar to freedom in a "special plane".
"Who sent Pulwama terror attack perpetrator Masood Azhar to Pakistan?" he asked the crowd.
"Masood Azhar was sent in a special aircraft and NSA Ajit Doval accompanied him," Gandhi answered his query for the crowd.
The Congress leader, however, did not reveal if he had any proof to substantiate his claim that Doval accompanied Azhar on a special flight.
In the next month's Lok Sabha polls, truth will win and hatred will be defeated, Gandhi said. PTI
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