NEW DELHI: The country’s main opposition party Congress under its interim president Sonia Gandhi is planning a large scale “Padyatra” on October 2, the birthday of the Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi. Barely a month after being named the Congress’s interim president, Sonia Gandhi today chalked out a roadmap for taking on the BJP amid what she called a “peril” of democracy.
The party will begin a membership drive and there will be a house to house campaign, as Sonia Gandhi said that it is “not enough to be active and aggressive on the social media” alone, and that what “far more important is to go to the people directly”.
“Democracy has never been at greater peril than it is now,” she also said at an internal meeting of the party meant to discuss its rejuvenation and formulate strategy for the coming round of state elections, which was held today. The Congress, she added, must “stand up fearlessly to fight on the streets, fight in villages, towns and cities”. Although top party leaders attended today’s meeting, former party president Rahul Gandhi skipped the meeting.
According to Mrs. Gandhi, her party must have a concrete agitational agenda on issues of pressing concern to the people – whether they be economic or social. Summing up what she said were problems being faced by the country, she said, there is a prolonged economic slump, job losses are mounting by the day, confidence of the investors is getting shakier and the government appears “clueless and insensitive”.
Although top party leaders attended today’s meeting, former party president Rahul Gandhi skipped the meeting.