Congress President Sonia Gandhi generally maintains a dignified silence, but as the Winter Session of Parliament continues to be delayed in a year where there have already been short Budget Sessions and Monsoon Sessions, Gandhi slammed the Modi-led government on Monday. The process will begin on December 1. In the meeting, held at Sonia Gandhi's residence, the committee passed a resolution and decided the date to be 19th December. More importantly, Can Rahul Gandhi bring about a change in fortunes for the Congress?
Sonia Gandhi started her speech by putting forward the party agenda for the party president election, saying all but six states has completed the poll process and that it was time to conduct the elections to the top post.
She further said that the Centre was "ill prepared" to implement Goods and Services Tax and demonetisation which left millions of people suffering.
"The barrage of accusations made by the Congress president on Prime Minister Narendra Modi ranks among the greatest hypocrisies of our time".
In these circumstances, if the Congress manages to topple BJP's apple-cart in Gujarat, it would be a huge boost for the grand old party and Rahul will most likely be credited for such a turnaround.
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Virtually signalling the elevation of Rahul Gandhi to the post of Congress president, the party on Monday announced the schedule of its presidential elections in December.
The party has run into trouble in the state after release of its first candidates' list, with Hardik Patel's PAAS and NCP being angry with the ticket distribution. But if the Gandhis are the default leaders of Congress, then they must be fully accountable for the party.
The two PAAS leaders - Lalit Vasoya from Dhoraji and Amit Thummar from Junagadh- who have been allotted Congress tickets were asked by PAAS to not file nomination. "(Congress) did so in 2011, and even before that", he told reporters in Rajkot. In fact, Hardik took to Twitter to express his angst. When Jignesh Mevani met Rahul Gandhi, no one from his community attacked him.
Starting from the jeep scandal in the 1950s, Bofors in the 1980s to the AgustaWestland chopper scam recently, the Congress has "milked" the defence sector to fill the pockets of a select few, he alleged. "They should be ashamed", the video said.