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Rahul Gandhi Announces Yatras From October

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New Delhi:

India doesn’t yet understand the consequences of muzzling expression, former Congress president and MP Rahul Gandhi warned on the concluding day of the Congress strategy meeting (Chintan Shivir) in Rajasthan’s Udaipur. He said the grand old party is criticised for allowing internal conversations and party members are allowed to voice their views and concerns “unlike BJP and the RSS”. 

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“We will have to accept that our connections have been broken from the masses, the people know that it is the Congress that can lead the nation ahead,” he said addressing over 400 party members. He asserted that there is no shortcut to reconnecting with the people and the party will have to sweat it out. “Spend months, not just one or two days among farmers and labourers,” he appealed to party workers and leaders. He assured party members that he will himself fight against the BJP along with them. “I have never been corrupt haven’t taken any money and I am not scared and will fight,” Mr Gandhi said.

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Highlighting the need to strengthen itself as a formidable and primary national opposition party, he said that regional parties can’t fight like the Congress.

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Attacking the BJP-led Centre, he said that the country’s vital institutions have been manipulated and voices muzzled. The judiciary has been misled, the Election Commission’s arm twisted and the media has been silenced through threats and intimidation, he said. Mentioning the Israeli military-grade spyware Pegasus, he said it’s a method to silence and strangle the political class”.

“We have seen the devastation that the farm laws caused to the people in Punjab…Youth of this country were promised jobs but unemployment has never been this high,” he said.

Around 400 leaders, including Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, are attending the Chintan Shivir called in the aftermath of the party’s five-state debacle in recent elections. “Big changes” are in store, Congress leader Ajay Maken had said during the start of the conclave.

Sources said that the conclave in Udaipur will focus on a time-bound and action-oriented reform process within the party. 

The Congress has adopted the one-man-one post rule with some riders following its mega brainstorming session in Rajasthan’s Udaipur. But the proposal for a Parliamentary Board to replace the Congress Election Committee — a key demand of the rebels — was shot down by the Working Committee, the highest decision-making body of the party.

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