Rahul Gandhi calls for intensified campaign on flagship programmes
After the return of party chief Sonia Gandhi from hospital, a rejuvenated Congress signaled an intensified campaign against the BJP-led opposition. Saubhadra Chatterji reports.
After the return of party chief Sonia Gandhi from hospital, a rejuvenated Congress signaled an intensified campaign against the BJP-led opposition.
At a meeting of the AICC office-bearers on Saturday general secretary Rahul Gandhi called for a long-term campaign highlighting the UPA's flagship programmes.
Rahul reminded the leaders that the pro-people flagship programmes had given political dividends during the 2009 Lok Sabha election as the party decided to take forward its president's directions at the AICC session in Burari.
The party will focus on the election-bound states like Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Gujarat and Uttaranchal. All state in-charges have been asked to send a report to party President on the work done in their states in her absence.
When Sonia Gandhi was away for a surgical procedure during August, the AICC office-bearers did not meet even once.
Rahul Gandhi, in his short intervention, also asked the party to focus on issues of national interest.
In Burari, taking the issue of corruption head-on, Sonia Gandhi had called for an aggressive campaign against the BJP. She asked the party to propagate the UPA's track record in office that stood out distinctively against the NDA’s performance.
Gandhi was not present in today's meeting, Party's chief spokesperson Janardan Dwivedi said, "Her actions on the first day suggest that she has already started working but it is natural that doctors will advise anybody a rest for some days after the surgery," reminding that Gandhi took care to thank all those who had wished her during her illness.
"She had arrived early in the morning and immediately expressed her condolence to the victims of Delhi blast and the same evening also announced the name of a candidate for a by-poll in Karnataka," Dwivedi added.