Hours before Rahul Gandhi’s speech in which he attacked the governance and system in general, Congress president Sonia Gandhi while inaugurating the one-day All India Congress Committee (AICC) session had asked for opposing and rejecting mud-slinging attempts at political leaders and democratic institutions.
“We must oppose and reject all attempts by those throwing mud at political leaders, political parties and democratic institutions,” she said, apparently not knowing that her son and newly-appointed vice-president later will target the country’s cloudy political system.
Rahul said, “In the present system no one’s voice is heard and those who decide have no understanding of issues at hand, because we do not respect the knowledge but respect the positions. It is a tragedy that people are getting alienated from the political parties as their voice is trampled upon and they are left to watch from the sidelines the mediocres in all public systems, be it government, justice or political, taking the decisions, the mediocres who only believe in status quo.”
It also became clear that the two-day conclave and the AICC session were aimed at getting poll-ready for the year-end assembly elections and then the Lok Sabha polls next year. The indication came, after Ms Gandhi announced constitution of a group in the party to consider the ‘Jaipur Declaration’ and finalise a programme for going to the people.
The forgotten resolve of the 2003 Vichar Manthan in Shimla to train the party cadres was again revived by Sonia Gandhi, stressing on the need to identify potential leaders at every level of the party train them.
She also mentioned the issue of safety and security of women against the backdrop of barbaric gang rape of a young woman in Delhi.
Pointing out the steps taken by the government for the well-being of women, “We cannot tolerate the shameful and social mindsets that lead to unspeakable atrocities on women and children. ...some public figures have come out with truly shocking statements reflective of these completely unacceptable attitudes.”