Sonia's candid message to Congress

With Lok Sabha Polls Due In 15 months


Jaipur, Jan 18: In a candid message to her party, Congress President Sonia Gandhi today drew attention to its weaknesses such as lack of unity, personal ambitions and ostentatious displays of wealth while calling for introspection in the face of challenges ahead.
 Ahead of the Lok Sabha polls due in about 15 months, Gandhi spoke about the strengths and weaknesses of the Congress on the opening day of a 3-day conclave here at which Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Rahul Gandhi and the entire leadership is present.
 The brainstorming conclave (chintan shivir) was a forum for an "honest conversation among ourselves", she told Union Ministers, Chief Ministers and hundreds of other participants.
 "We are here on serious business which will determine our future" and "we must go from here recharged and reinvigorated", the party President told the participants.
 Gandhi said while Congress continued to be the nation's pre-eminent political party, "we must admit that we now faced increased competition and inroads have been made into our traditional support bases."
 Listing five challenges, including political and the emerging social and economic concerns, the atrocities on women and children, she said the atrocities on women, both in urban and rural India, "are a blot on our collective conscience and a matter of great shame".
 "The way we still treat widows, the trafficking of children and women, the brazen sexual harassment--these are all very disturbing trends that should shake and awaken us," she said.
 Turning to "pressing organisational matters", Gandhi was critical of the lack of discipline and unity in the party.
 "Is it not the case the we have squandered many opportunities that people are willing to give us simply because we have been unable to function as a disciplined and united team?
 "In states where we are out of power especially, we should be coming together, setting aside personal ambitions and egos, and working cohesively so that the party triumphs. Why do we forget the simple truth that in the party's victory lies the victory of each and every one of us?"
 Gandhi said unity will come not from pious declarations of intent.  "It has to come from within.  Unity is the cry of each and every worker of our great organisation and it is our sacred duty to respond to it."
 On building leadership in the party, she said "performance, not patronage, must be the ladder to advancement in the party".
 Seeing many young colleagues, Gandhi said she was tempted to say something on a subject that has always "bothered" her.
 "And this relates to our lifestyles.  Celebrated weddings, festivals and happy events is one thing - but what of lavish and ostentatious displays of wealth, pomp and status?
 "Does this not beg the question, where is this wealth coming from?  I hope that you will take this seriously and come up with suggestions and norms that we may all accept and adhere to."

Lastupdate on : Fri, 18 Jan 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Fri, 18 Jan 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sat, 19 Jan 2013 00:00:00 IST

  • StumbleUpon
  • Digg
  • TwitThis
  • Mixx
  • Technorati
  • Facebook
  • NewsVine
  • Reddit
  • Google
  • LinkedIn
  • YahooMyWeb
  • Print News

Enter the Security code exactly as you see it in the image security code is CaSe SeNsItIvE(Cookies must be enabled)

  • Kashmir

Omar seeks financial assistance for Sarpanchs, Panchs

Writes To Jairam Ramesh



Srinagar, Jan 18: In a damage control exercise Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has shot a letter to Union Minister for Rural Development Jairam Ramesh seeking release of Rs 100 crore for monthly honorarium More

  • Srinagar City

Directs for immediate restoration of essential services


Srinagar, Jan 18: Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Dr. Asgar Hassan Samoon today conducted an extensive tour of Srinagar city and took stock of situation arising due to snowfall. The Divisional Commissioner More

  • Jammu

Sagar hospitalized

Jammu, Jan 18: Minister for Rural Development and Parliamentary Affairs Ali Muhammad Sagar was hospitalized on Friday afternoon, after he complained of chest pain. Sources said that soon after Friday More

  • South Asia

Qadri summoned by Canadian authorities for asylum oath breach


Islamabad, Jan 18: Firebrand cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri, who led a massive protest against the government here, has been summoned by Canadian authorities to explain a violation of the oath he had taken while More

  • GKeducation&career

The menace of tuition centers

Why have tuition centers become centres of nuisance for local residents and female students?



In a 20×12 tin shed at Parraypora, a physics teacher is teaching complex equations to around 200 students crammed in one classroom. Outside the ‘classroom’, dozens of youngsters roam around, speeding away More

Designed Developed and Maintaned By Imobisoft Ltd /Algosol Software Solutions