Mrs. Sonia Gandhi made these remarks during the first meeting of the reconstituted Congress Working Committee
Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge stated that the alliance will confront the “anti-people” BJP government. Former Congress President Sonia Gandhi used the first meeting of the reconstituted Congress Working Committee, comprising 28 opposition parties, on Saturday to send a strong signal of unity for the India Block. She told members of the Congress Working Committee that the party must unite with India to fight against the BJP.
Her comments came a few days after the third meeting of the alliance in Mumbai and the first meeting of its coordination committee at the residence of NCP chief Sharad Pawar. They attach significance to these meetings, which have been largely successful in determining seat-sharing arrangements in some states but may pose a challenge in others, notably West Bengal, Delhi, and Punjab.
After the meeting in Mumbai, the parties in the India alliance also said they would “fight together as much as possible” in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. Their resolution included incorporating this statement, and it was noted that when discussions turned to seat-sharing arrangements, parties found it difficult to move forward.
In his initial comments at the CWC meeting, Mallikarjun Kharge, who became Congress President last year for the first time, launched a frontal attack on the BJP and the Center, saying, “It has been a complete failure on all important fronts.” He alleged that the Modi government is incapable of controlling inflation, unemployment, rising inequality, or the deteriorating conditions of farmers and laborers.
Saying that India is at a crossroads and facing several internal challenges, Kharge said the Modi government’s alleged negligence of the country’s security is a serious danger, but the government’s focus on issues like the ‘Amrit Kaal’ and ‘The Third Biggest Economy’ is diverting attention from real issues.
Congress President Sonia Gandhi said, “After three successful meetings, the India alliance is moving forward to confront the anti-people and anti-democratic BJP government. We strongly condemn the government’s efforts to suppress the opposition in Parliament and reduce public scrutiny.”
The CWC meeting was held in Hyderabad and is seen as a message to the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party in Telangana that the Congress party, as part of the powerful Indian National Congress Committee, will make every effort to win the upcoming assembly elections.
The committee also discussed preparations for assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Chhattisgarh, as well as the upcoming Lok Sabha elections next year. Shashi Tharoor, Sachin Pilot, and Gaurav Gogoi are among the new members of the panel.