Udaipur: The three-day ‘Chintan Shivir’ of the Congress party got underway at Udaipur today. The top brass of the party are camping to take part in an important party gathering. The three-day brainstorming session was kicked off by interim party president Sonia Gandhi.
The main focus of the party is to make it strong across the country and do better and better in the forthcoming assembly polls in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh. Above all, the party is eyeing the 2024 Lok Sabha polls.
Several core issues facing the country have been touched. Senior party leaders criticise the ruling BJP and accuse PM Modi of creating an atmosphere of polarisation and fear in the country.
She said, “By now it has become abundantly and painfully clear what PM Modi and his colleagues really mean by their slogan, “Maximum governance, minimum government.” It means keeping the country in a permanent state of polarisation, compelling people to live in a constant state of fear and insecurity, viciously targeting, victimising and often brutalising minorities who’re an integral part of our society and equal citizens of our Republic. “
Hitting out at the government over their “diversionary tactics,” Sonia Gandhi said, “The fires of hatred that are being ignited have taken a heavy toll on the lives of people.” This is having serious social consequences—much more serious than we can imagine. “
Sonia Gandhi said that the Congress has to “combat this growing virus of divisiveness”.
‘Nav Sankalp Chintan Shivir’ gives us an opportunity to discuss amongst ourselves the numerous challenges that the country is facing as a result of the policies of the BJP, RSS and its affiliates,” she added.
Addressing the session on Friday, Sonia Gandhi said that the Chintan Shivir “is an opportunity to discuss both national issues and do meaningful self-introspection.”
“Changes in organisation are necessary; we need to change our way of working,” Sonia Gandhi said.
“We have to keep organisation above personal ambitions.” The party has given us a lot and it is time to pay back,” Sonia Gandhi told party members.
No tickets for leaders’ kin with no work experience.
Senior party leader Ajay Maken on Friday said there is complete unanimity on the one family, one ticket rule, and stated that the party is set to usher in big organisational changes after the conclave. Addressing a press conference here ahead of the conclave, the Congress General Secretary said that the aim of the Shivir is to transform the way Congress functions as an organisation. “We are going to make some big changes in the organisation,” he said.