New Delhi, Jun 1 (GCCurrentAffairs) A week after the Lok Sabha results, in a first meeting with party MPs, Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday spoke of his future plans to take on the ruling dispensation.
“You have to be more aggressive. Hatred, cowardice and anger is fighting against you. But you are fighting for every single Indian”, Mr Gandhi has said while addressing party lawmakers.
The Congress Parliamentary Party (CPP) meeting, held in the Central Hall of Parliament, on Saturday re-elected Sonia Gandhi as its leader.
“Every Congress member must remember that each one of you is fighting for the Constitution, for every person in India, irrespective of the colour of their skin and belief”, Mr Gandhi added.
While addressing the party MPs, Ms Gandhi praised Rahul for his “fearless leadership, by taking the Modi government head on”.
Ms Gandhi said that as party President, Mr Gandhi has “given his all and toiled night and day for the Congress party”.
“He has rejuvenated the Congress organisation in many states, and most recently lead us to victory in Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. As Congress President, he earned the respect and love of every worker and crores of voters across the length and breadth of our country”, Ms Gandhi said.
The name of Ms Gandhi was proposed by former prime minister Manmohan Singh.
“Congratulations to Sonia Gandhi on being elected Leader of the Congress Parliamentary Party. Under her leadership, the Congress will prove to be a strong and effective opposition party, that will fight to defend the Constitution of India”, Mr Gandhi tweeted just after the meeting.
Mr Gandhi had offered his resignation from Congress president post, taking responsibility for the dismal performance of the party, at Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting held on May 25.
However, the CWC rejected the his resignation and authorised him the full responsibility to restructure the party, though Mr Gandhi has been reluctant to withdraw his resignation.
According to Congress sources, Mr Gandhi has given a month’s time to select a new chief for the party from outside ‘family’.
Sources said that the meeting of the CPP deliberated on party’s strategy for the upcoming Parliamentary session, which is scheduled to be held from June 17 to July 26.
This is the first meeting of the CPP after the results of the Lok Sabha elections, which saw the BJP retain power with a bigger tally of 303 seats in the Lok Sabha while the Congress put up a poor show, winning just 52 seats.