Sonia slams RSS over terrorism, expresses concern at Kashmir deaths at AICC session (PartII)

November 2nd, 2010 - 6:05 pm ICT by ANI  

Rahul Gandhi Making an unscheduled speech on this occasion, Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi, called for focussing on the common man, as he said that” we have to take them forward in the similar manner as Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh is leading the nation forward.”

“In the last five to six years, I have toured all of India. Cities, villages…Two things have been very clear, if we have to take our nation forward, only the strength of the poor man can take us forward,” he said.

“But if we have to take the poor forward, the way the PM is taking the nation forward, that’s what we need,” he added.

Speaking on the occasion, Rahul Gandhi exhorted his party men to work to get the two India’s together.

“One is progressing fast, one is the poor India which is not progressing. Our work is to join both.” And only the Congress could do this,” he said.

Interestingly, some senior Congressmen spoke during the AICC session, but none made a veiled reference to the raging Adarsh Housing Society scam in which the Congress leaders of Maharashtra are facing allegations of irregularities. Nor was a mention made of the Commonwealth Games fiasco.Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan and CWG Organising Committee President Suresh Kalmadi were present at the meeting.It may be recalled that Chavan’s fate is hanging in balance after three of his relatives were found to be members of the controversial housing society and Kalmadi is under the scanner of probe agencies investigating allegations of corruption in Commonwealth Games. However, one of the highlights of the meeting was the unanimous authorisation by the 1,000-odd AICC delegates to Sonia Gandhi to nominate the entire Congress Working Committee, the highest policy-making body of the party, thereby making today’s schedule for the elections to the CWC redundant. The session was meant to ratify the re-election of Sonia Gandhi as party President for the fourth time. Sonia has created a record by remaining at the helm for the longest tenure in the history of the organisation, which is currently celebrating its 125th year. (ANI)

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