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                                              congress Party

          Existential CRISIS?

               still recovering from the “shocking and painful” defeats in the recent assembly elections,

           congress leaders sonia gandhi and her son rahul speak of “unity at all levels” to challenge the

                                    BJP. can they unite the opposition at this critical juncture?

        OUR BUREAU                                                                                            for the president of the Congress
                                                                                                              party. “Sharad Yadav had fallen ill
        New Delhi
                                                                                                              and had not been keeping well for a
           n a major announcement on Fri-                                                                     long time. I am very happy that he is
           day, Congress leader and Lok                                                                       fighting fit and you can see that he is
        ISabha MP Rahul Gandhi said that                                                                      smiling. I feel good about it. He has
        discussions are going on to unite po-                                                                 taught me a lot about politics,” said
        litical parties against Bharatiya Janata                                                              the Congress scion after the meeting.
        Party (BJP) and Rashtriya Swayam-                                                                         Last month on March 20, for-
        sevak Sangh (RSS) and decide its                                                                      mer Union Minister Sharad Yadav
        framework and implementation.                                                                         merged his LJD with RJD led by
            After meeting veteran leader                                                                      Lalu Prasad Yadav. Sharad Yadav
        and former Union Minister Sharad                                                                      had formed the LJD in 2018 after
        Yadav at his residence to inquire                                                                     parting ways with Janata Dal (Unit-
        about his health, Rahul Gandhi                                                                        ed) over the party’s alliance with the
        declared Sharad Yadav a political                                                                     Bharatiya Janata Party.
        Guru. When the media asked Sha-                                                                           Last month the Congress Work-
        rad Yadav should Rahul Gandhi be                                                                      ing Committee had met and sug-
        made party chief, Yadav said, “Why                                                                    gestions were sought on how to
        not? If somebody runs Congress                                                                        strengthen  the  organization.  It  was
        round the clock, it is Rahul Gandhi.                                                                  also decided that Congress interim
        I think he should be made the party                                                                   president Sonia Gandhi will continue
        president. Only then can something                                                                    to lead the party until the election for
        big be done.”                                                                                         the post of the party is held. Mean-
            “We’ll see about it...,” respond-                                                                 while, Congress is slated to elect a
        ed Rahul Gandhi on becoming par-                                                                      new party chief later this year at the
        ty president. He further targeted                                                                     culmination of organizational elec-
        the BJP government for spreading                                                                      tions.
        hatred and dividing the country. “I                                                                       Earlier, Congress interim presi-
        agree with what he (Sharad Yadav)                                                                     dent Sonia Gandhi called for “unity
        said today that the country is in a                                                                   at all levels” of the organisation at a
        very bad situation. Hatred is being                                                                   meeting  of party  MPs  in  which  she
        spread and the country is being divid-   Congress leader Rahul Gandhi is trying to rejuvenate the party (ANI Photo)  spoke about the party’s “shocking
        ed. We’ve to bring the nation togeth-                                                                 and painful” defeats in the recent
        er and once walk on the path of the                                                                   elections even as she slammed the
        brotherhood which has been a part   the Congress leader said, “You can’t   pening here. They have broken the   government for targeting the Oppo-
        of our history,” he said.         imagine  India’s  economic  situation   backbone, terrifying results would   sition and “spreading maximum fear
            The Wayanad MP further al-    and job condition. Never in your life,   come in next three-four years,” said   and intimidation”.
        leged that in the last two-three years,   you would have seen what is coming   Gandhi further attacking the BJP   Stating that the road ahead for
        media institutions, BJP leaders, RSS   next. The employment structure of   government at the Centre.  the Congress party was more chal-
        ‘have hidden the truth’. “In the last   this country, the backbone is broken.   The Congress leader said if the   lenging than ever before and the
        two years, media institutions, BJP   Small and medium business, small   country is to be strengthened, then it   spirit of resilience of party workers
        leaders, RSS have hidden the truth.   shopkeepers, the informal sector is   is most important to have peace, and   was under severe test, Sonia Gandhi
        Slowly the truth will come to the fore.   our backbone.”            harmony in the country. “People of   said she had received many sugges-
        That is what is happening in Sri Lan-  “Economists  and  bureaucrats   BJP think that by spreading hatred,   tions on how to strengthen the par-
        ka. The truth came out there. The   make their plans by looking at oth-  scaring people, killing them, the   ty and she was working on “many of
        truth will soon  come to  the  fore in   er nations. Prime Minister says we   country’s economy can be strength-  them”. Addressing a meeting of the
        India too,” he added.             have to become like them.  It can’t   ened,” said the Congress leader.  Congress Parliamentary Party (CPP)
            Slamming  the  BJP-led  Central   be done like that. First, we have to   At the meeting on Friday, Sha-  in Parliament, Sonia Gandhi said,
        government and its economic policy,   realize who we are and what’s hap-  rad Yadav backed Rahul Gandhi      Continued at next page... >>

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