New Delhi, Feb 8: After serving as the Congress president for nearly two decades, Sonia Gandhi on Thursday called the new party chief Rahul Gandhi “her boss too” and said let there be no doubt about that.
We have a new Congress president and on your behalf and my own, I wish him all the best. He is now my boss too. Let there be no doubt about that Sonia Gandhi told Congress parliamentarians.
Expressing confidence that the party would retain power in the Karnataka Assembly elections, she said we performed very creditably in Gujarat and by-election in Rajasthan under tough circumstances. This shows winds of change are coming. I am sure Karnataka too will underline resurgence of Congress.
“As for myself, as Chairperson of the Congress Parliamentary Party, I will work with the Congress President and other colleagues in discussions with like-minded political parties to ensure that in the next election the BJP is defeated and India is restored to a democratic, inclusive, secular, tolerant and economically progressive path,” Gandhi said.
While hitting out at ruling party BJP, Gandhi stated it has been almost 4 years since this government came to power, this has been a period in which institutions which have come under systematic assault-Parliament itself, judiciary, media and civil society.
“Investigative agencies have been let loose against political opponents”, she added.
Terming the 2014 electoral debacle of the party as an “aberration”, she called upon party workers to channelise the “discontent” among people against the Modi government.
“We have to be in a state of readiness for the national elections which are due in slightly over a year – and might well be called earlier as they were in 2004. No doubt 2014 was a severe setback, but I am convinced that it was an aberration.
“Increasingly, the people of our country, people belonging to all sections of our society, are getting disillusioned with the present regime. It is for us to channel this discontent into support (for the opposition),” former Congress President asserted.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP have floated the idea of simultaneous elections to Lok Sabha and Assemblies and have called for a political consensus on the issue, setting off speculation that there could be early elections to Lok Sabha this year along with the Assembly polls in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh.
Gandhi voiced for building a positive and credible narrative against the Modi government.
“We have demonstrated our resilience before and we are now called upon to do so again. For this we must not only highlight the abject failures of the Modi government but more importantly, build a positive and credible narrative for ourselves on issues of public concern,” she stated.