‘Lack Of Clarity And Cohesion On Policy Issues’: Sonia Gandhi Comes Down Hard On State-Level Congress Leaders

| Updated: 26 October, 2021 3:12 pm IST
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NEW DELHI: Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday once again came down heavily on party leaders as she stressed that there is lack of clarity and cohesion even amongst the party’s state level on policy issues.

Sonia Gandhi made the remarks at the party’s general secretaries, secretaries, state in-charges and state unit chiefs meeting at the party headquarters.

The Congress chief said, “We must fight the diabolical campaign of BJP or RSS ideologically. We must do so with conviction and expose their lies before the people if we are to win this battle.”

She said, “The Congress releases important and detailed statements almost every day on issues facing the nation. But it is my experience that they do not percolate down to our grass root cadres at the block and district level.

“There are policy issues on which I find a lack of clarity and cohesion even amongst our state-level leaders,” she added.

The Congress leader said that it must train party workers to take on the unceasing onslaught of malicious disinformation campaigns at the behest of the BJP or RSS. “And you must train our people to fight it while upholding and projecting the core Congress ideology,” she said.

The Congress leader further emphasised that party own history bears witness to the fact that if an organisation is to succeed against injustice and inequality, if it is to effectively champion the rights of the marginalised, it must become a widespread agitation down to the grassroots.

Slamming the government, she said, “The Modi government has sought to erode our institutions so it may evade accountability. It has sought to undermine the core values of our Constitution so it can hold itself to a lower standard. It has questioned the very fundamentals of our democracy.”

She said that Congress must redouble its fight for those, who are the victims of this government’s worst excesses.

“To make this promise truly meaningful, we must also make our organisation more representative of this cross-section of society,” she said.

Stressing on assembly elections in five states early next year, Sonia Gandhi said, “Five states are going to election in the coming months. Congress party workers and leaders in these states are gearing up to take on these battles. Our campaign must be founded upon concrete policies and programmes emanating from widespread discussions with all sections of society.”

She also urged the senior party leaders for discipline and unity.

“Finally, I would like to re-emphasise the paramount need for discipline and unity. What should matter to each and every one of us is the strengthening of the organisation. This must override personal ambitions. In this lies both collective and individual success,” she added.

Even though Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu also came to attend the meet, he, however, skirted queries on the controversy involving Pakistani national Aroosa Alam and Captain Amarinder Singh ahead of the former Punjab CM’s conference in Chandigarh.

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