Chairing 1st CWC, Rahul flags BJP ‘lies’
Dec 23, 2017, 12:59 PM
Newly elected Congress president Rahul Gandhi today described the BJP as a party rooted in falsehoods and used his first official address to the powerful Congress Working Committee to flag the internal challenge of weak organisation and to note concerns around rank indiscipline.
Addressing the CWC, which his mother and former party chief Sonia Gandhi attended in her capacity as Congress Parliamentary Party chairperson, Rahul assured action against indiscipline after participants flagged the harm recent out-of-line comments of some leaders caused to Congress’ interests in Gujarat.
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In his opening remarks today, Rahul also flagged the challenge of upcoming state elections, stressed the need to “expose BJP’s politics of lies” and acknowledged the weakness of Congress organisation at booth level.
Sources said it was decided to strengthen Congress organisation from the state to booth level “in a time-bound manner” with the CWC agreeing that an aggressive campaign could deliver only when supplemented with a strong organisation and communication network. On the political side, CWC took note of the 2G spectrum verdict, Bombay High Court’s rejection of Maharashtra government summons to prosecute state Congress president Ashok Chavan and said the BJP had “successfully peddled lies to achieve power and must be exposed for this”.
Gandhi himself said after the meeting, “BJP’s whole foundation is based on lies and falsehoods. 2G was a lie. Demonetisation was a lie, Gabbar Singh Tax was a lie and promise of MSP to farmers was also a lie. So what is the truth? The truth is BJP president Amit Shah’s son converted Rs 50,000 into crores in some time, but the PM has nothing to say on this. The truth is the Rafale deal was tweaked to favour one businessman. The PM went to Paris and announced the deal when the Defence Minister was in India. The PM doesn’t answer our questions on these issues. The whole foundation of BJP is falsehoods.”