Congress president Sonia Gandhi said changes in the organisation were the need of the hour and “we need to change our way of working” as the party today began a three-day “Chintan Shivir” or brainstorming session after a series of election defeats.
The Congress leader also accused the BJP of “brutalising minorities and glorifying Mahatma Gandhi’s killers” in her opening remarks. An “eloquent Prime Minister Narendra Modi” was silent when his healing touch was most needed, she commented.
“Changes in the organisation are the need of the hour. We need to change the way of our working,” Sonia Gandhi said.
“I urge partymen to express views openly at the Shivir, but one message of strong party and unity should go out to the country,” she urged.
Over 400 party leaders, including Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra will participate in discussions over the next few days in the brainstorming meet at Rajasthan’s Udaipur.
“We have to keep organisation above personal ambitions. The party has given us a lot and it is time to pay back,” Sonia Gandhi said.
In a sharp condemnation of the ruling BJP and what she called its oppression of minorities, the Congress president accused the party of targeting minorities.
“PM Narendra Modi and his party keeps calling for ‘minimum government, maximum governance’… but it actually means a constant attack on minorities. It means the whole-hearted effort to rewrite history,” the Congress president said.
“It means glorifying the killers of Mahatma Gandhi and eroding from history the work done by leaders like Jawaharlal Nehru. It means weakening democracy, it means diversionary tactics and the silence of our eloquent PM when his healing touch is most needed. It means dividing society and weaken our age-old plurality and unity,” she added.