Congress 84th plenary session HIGHLIGHTS | Rahul Gandhi launches scathing attack against PM Modi, BJP government
By Online Desk | Published: 18th March 2018 11:08 AM |
Congress President Rahul Gandhi during his final address at the party's 84th plenary session launched a scathing attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP government over various issues.
The final day of the Congress party's plenary session began in full swing on Sunday at Delhi's Constitution Club, with veteran leader Anand Sharma presenting the international resolution draft.
He slammed Modi government's foreign policy, "Never before in Independent India’s history, has the country been so diminished in its immediate periphery,” referring to India’s relations with Pakistan, China, Maldives and Sri Lanka.
Congress chief Rahul Gandhi also delivered the inaugural address yesterday, where he emphasised that Congress' symbol was the only symbol that could take India forward.
Yesterday, on the second day of the three-day plenary meet, former Congress president Sonia Gandhi launched a scathing attack on Prime Minister Modi, saying his government was 'power-drunk' and the pre-poll promises of combating corruption and ensuring inclusive development were mere "dramebaazi".
The aim of the meet is to primarily to set the party’s agenda for 2019, as also to steer its internal structural reforms.
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5:00 pm - "Let us put all our differences aside and work together to ensure victory for the party," says Rahul Gandhi before ending his speech.
4:50 pm - "We have to change Congress. There is a wall between our leaders and workers. My first task will be to break that wall. I will consult senior leaders to destroy that wall with love."
To every youngster in India, we are your instrument. The Congress Party belong to you. We want to open our doors to your talent your bravery and your energy. This country is struggling and it needs you. #CongressPlenary #ChangeIsNow pic.twitter.com/qim0QlkMr6— Congress (@INCIndia) March 18, 2018
4:55 pm - "Congress will take the country forward, but we are humans, we make mistakes. Modi ji thinks he is not human but an incarnation of God."
4:45 pm - We paid Rs 570 crore per plane and Modi paid Rs 1670 crore for the same plane. He paid Rs 1100 crore more per plane. Forget fighter planes, you can’t trust such a man to buy vegetables! Modi is not fighting corruption Modi is corruption: Rahul Gandhi on Rafale deal.
4:40 pm - "The name Modi symbolises the collusion between India’s biggest businessmen and the Prime Minister. Modi gives Modi 30,000 crores of your Money and in turn, Modi gives Modi money for marketing Modi and fighting elections."
4:35 pm - "BJP has spread fear. People fro the press are scared, for the first time we saw four Supreme Court judges running to the public for justice. There is a difference between RSS and Congress, we respect the country's institutions whereas they want to finish them."
4:30 pm - "They (BJP) tell Muslims of India who never went to Pakistan and supported this great nation that you don't belong here. They tell the Tamils, change your beautiful language. They tell people of north-east, we don't like what you eat, and tell women, dress properly," says Rahul Gandhi
4:25 pm - "What does the name 'Modi' actually mean? The name 'Modi' symbolises the collusion between India's biggest crony capitalists and the Prime minister of India."
4:20 pm - "They (people) will accept a man accused of murder as the President of the BJP, but they will never ever accept the same in the Congress Party because they hold Congress in the highest regard."
Like the Kauravas, BJP & RSS are designed to fight for power. Like the Pandavas, the Congress is designed to fight for the truth: Congress President Rahul Gandhi #CongressPlenary #ChangeIsNow pic.twitter.com/Lxi7xR1leS— Congress (@INCIndia) March 18, 2018
4:15 pm - "The Prime Minister diverts our attention and jumps from one event to another from Gabbar Singh tax to yoga in Parliament but never talks about the issues. But, the Congress cannot be stopped from seeking the truth and justice."
4:10 pm - "Will India live a lie or will India have the courage to face the truth? Today, the corrupt and powerful control the conversation in the country."
4:05 pm - The BJP is the voice of an organisation and the Congress is the voice of a nation, says Rahul Gandhi.
4:00 pm - Rahul Gandhi addresses Congress leaders at the plenary session.
3:30 pm -
3:20 pm - Economic liberalisation cannot coexist with social polarisation. To build a stronger economy by 2030, a strong public sector is required. Economic institutions today have been eroded, says Jairam Ramesh.
3:10 pm - UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh met with delegates from the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle. Sonia Gandhi received a memento from the delegation.
3:00 pm -
UPA Chairperson Smt. Sonia Gandhi, Former Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh & Former Union Minister @AnandSharmaINCon met with the Secretary-General of Socialist International party (United Kingdom) Mr. Luis Ayala, on the sidelines of the #CongressPlenary. #ChangeIsNow pic.twitter.com/wHqIwykREv— Congress (@INCIndia) March 18, 2018
12:42 pm - The Modi Govt inherited a strong economy. The task of development has to be continued by future generations. However, today, the Indian economy is decoupled from the world economy which is growing: Former Finance Minister
12:40 pm - It's the biggest achievement of Dr Manmohan Singh that 14 crore people were listed out of poverty. BJP government pushed people into poverty. Number of people below poverty line went up. It's the greatest disservice BJP government did to people of India: P Chidambaram
12:35 pm - The current phase of economic growth started in 1990s when Rajiv Gandhi sowed seeds of liberalisation. This gained momentum under Dr Manmohan Singh. Whatever the BJP, the NDA may say, records speak for itself: P Chidambaram
12:20 pm - Former Finance Minister P Chidambaram moves the Resolution on Economics, the second Resolution presented today by the Congress.
Demonetisation was a big lie. RBI is still counting and won't tell us how much money has come back. I would like to advice the RBI Governor to go to Tirupati & get the hundi collectors. They count money faster than the RBI: Former FM @PChidambaram_IN #CongressPlenary #ChangeIsNow pic.twitter.com/OkUHust8J4— Congress (@INCIndia) March 18, 2018
12:00 pm - India needs to create an environment that is neighbour friendly. Congress party worked in that direction. We have problems today but they need to be resolved peacefully. Hostile behavior will not help. We must remember that Pakistan is our neigbhour . However, its support to terrorism is not acceptable. We must warn Pakistan that this is problematic to the peace in sub-continent.
The Modi govt. has mismanaged issues in J&K like never before. They have installed a Govt where the two wings of the administration are working against each other. The atmosphere is deteriorating everyday: Former PM Dr. Manmohan Singh #CongressPlenary #ChangeIsNow pic.twitter.com/PI9thD3sZ8— Congress (@INCIndia) March 18, 2018
12:00 pm - "PM Modi said we will double the farmer's income in 6 years time. If you want to do that, you need a growth rate of 12 per cent oper annum, which is not possible. This is only jumla and tall promises made by PM Modi."
11:55 am - "India needs to recognise the special problems of Jammu and Kashmir and we need to deal with them seriously. The Congress party is the party which led the freedom struggle and guided India after it became free. The party is today invited to play a role in the development. I am confident that under the leadership of Rahul Gandhi, we will play a historic role"
11:52 am - "When Modi ji was campaigning he made lots of tall promises, those promises have not been fulfilled. He said we will provide 2 crore jobs, we have not seen even 2 lakh jobs. Instead problems for created for small-sized businesses and informal sectors"
The defense expenditure of our country is no more than 1.6% of our GDP. This is far too inadequate to meet the challenges of our security apparatus and our needs: Former PM Dr. Manmohan Singh. #CongressPlenary #ChangeIsNow pic.twitter.com/FiV7S12gjT— Congress (@INCIndia) March 18, 2018
11:50 am - Former PM Manmohan Singh begins his address. [READ FULL REPORT HERE]
11:20 pm - The Congress plenary authorised party President Rahul Gandhi to constitute the Congress Working Committee. The proposal was adopted with a consensus by raising of hands. Taking the proposal, party leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said that in the history of Congress, election to the CWC had been held only about a dozen times. Most of the times it has been left to the Congress President to constitute the CWC. (IANS)
11:00 am - Assam Congress leader Gaurav Gogoi speaks.
"Neighbourhood first" was the Congress Govt's rallying cry. However, under the Modi Govt, it's "Neighbourhood last". We need to improve our regional connectivity, but that is being ignored today: @GauravGogoiAsm #CongressPlenary #ChangeIsNow pic.twitter.com/L4LHhioqoi— Congress (@INCIndia) March 18, 2018
10:46 am - He says, "The PM is carried away by his own propaganda. Today it is a matter of concern that we have mismanaged our relations with major capitals of the world, with major strategic partners and our immediate neighbourhood. The Congress-led UPA Government, in its 10 years in office, pursued a robust foreign policy that enhanced India's standing in the world."
10:42 am - Modi government has disrupted India's foreign policy. In the last four years they have made this a divisive policy. They have pursued this in a cavalier manner, non-serious manner: Anand Sharma
10:40 am - Veteran leader Anand Sharma opens the plenary meet, slams BJP government's foreign policy. [READ FULL REPORT HERE]
10 am - Today is the final day of the Congress' plenary session.
March 17: On the second day of the plenary, Rahul Gandhi inaugurated the session with a brief address, followed by the presentation of the party's political resolution draft ahead of 2019 polls by party veteran Mallikarjun Kharge, a short speech by Rajasthan Congress chief Sachin Pilot and culminated with Sonia Gandhi's hour-long address, where she slammed the Modi government on several fronts.
March 16: Rahul Gandhi and his mother Sonia at the first day of the plenary session yesterday in New Delhi. READ FULL REPORT HERE
(With inputs from agencies and Express News Service)