On this 89th anniversary of the Dandi Satyagrah, the Congress Working Committee is meeting in the land of birth of the Father of the Nation, who had courageously led the historic struggle of Indian people to liberate India from British imperialism. This year, India will commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, recognising that the values he espoused, have an enduring relevance not only for India but the entire world. Gujarat also gave to the nation Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel – an ardent follower of Mahatma Gandhi and a front ranking leader of India’s freedom movement, who is remembered for his indomitable spirit.

This meeting of the CWC, saluting the memory of Gandhi ji, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, Sardar Patel and the leaders of the freedom struggle, recalls their unflinching commitment to the unity of the Indian people and in upholding the composite culture of our multilingual, multi-religious and multi-cultural society. They all believed in harmonious coexistence of Indian people, celebrated its pluralism, and firmly rejected the divisive and pernicious ideology of Hindutva propagated by the RSS and its affiliates.

Congress President Rahul Gandhi, CPP Chairperson Smt Sonia Gandhi, former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh at Sabarmati Ashram, Ahmadabad, Gujarat

Prime Minister Modi and the BJP are insulting their struggle, sacrifices and enormous contribution in nation building by brazenly seeking to hijack their legacy and pretending to be the champions of their values.

2019 will also mark the centenary of the Jalianwala Bagh massacre. The Congress Party recalls with respect those who sacrificed their lives for our freedom and salutes their martyrdom.

This meeting of the CWC is taking place in the painful backdrop of the dastardly terror attack in Pulwama and the tragic killing of forty Jawans of the CRPF, which has outraged India and its people. This attack is a grim reminder of the serious threat posed by the forces of terrorism to the unity and integrity of our country. The Congress Party unequivocally condemned the attack and expressed its solidarity with our soldiers and Armed Forces. Congress President offered the Congress Party’s support to the Government in the hour of national crisis.

Indian National Congress, is conscious of its role and national obligations as a responsible political party. India as a mature democracy has different viewpoints and ideologies represented by different political parties. Dissent and articulation of ideological differences are integral to our political narrative, especially during elections. These must not be mistaken as weakness or disunity of the country.

The CWC sends a stern and unequivocal message to India’s enemies that India stands united and resolute as one nation to confront and defeat their nefarious agenda. India is a resilient democracy, proud of its brave Armed Forces. It shall never be defeated by forces of violence and terror.

The Congress Party expresses its strong disappointment that the Prime Minister is cynically exploiting the issue of National Security, on which we are all united, to divert attention from his colossal failures, bogus claims and persistent falsehoods.

India’s democracy is its strength and gives a voice to our people especially the weak and marginalised sections of our society. Five years of Modi-BJP Government has been a period of false promises and betrayal of people’s trust and confidence. This Government has been a failure on all fronts and has inflicted pain and misery on the people through its reckless decisions of demonetisation and hasty imposition of a flawed GST. These disrupted the Indian economy and Trade and Industry. Lakhs of factories were closed, unorganised sector, micro, small and medium enterprises were worst affected and tens of millions of workers lost their jobs and livelihood.

The unprecedented joblessness, agrarian crisis and distress of Kisans and Khet mazdoors are issues of grave national concern. The Modi Government is guilty of monumental mismanagement of the Indian economy. National savings and investments have sharply declined, Banks are burdened with NPA’s and credit off-take of the Industry has reached a record low. Exports are stagnant and industrial production has been falling continuously notwithstanding Government’s boastful and misleading claims.

An atmosphere of fear and insecurity is all pervasive particularly among women, students, academics, writers and the business community; there are deliberate attacks on the Constitutional and other safeguards for scheduled castes, scheduled tribes, OBCs and minorities; and there is subversion of all institutions of governance.

Congress party urges all democratic and progressive forces to unite and pool their energies to relentlessly fight and expose the anti-people policies of the BJP Government, its failure to deliver on the promises it made in 2014 and not to allow the nation’s political narrative be vitiated and focus deflected from the real issues that concern our people.

This meeting of the CWC reaffirms its commitment to serve India and its people in our endeavour for inclusive growth and shared prosperity.

CWC assures the people that the Congress Party believes in what it promises and has proven its credibility on delivering the same. In the run up to the recent assembly elections in the state of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh Congress President had promised a loan waiver to the farmers. The recently formed Congress governments in these states honoured this promise by waiving the farmer’s loans.

The Congress Party will approach the people of India with humility to seek their support in the forthcoming elections for itself and its allies in different States. A mandate for better governance and accountability, to repair the grave damage caused to our democratic polity, economy and society by the Modi Government, a mandate for change to restore the health of Indian economy, for job creation, social justice and harmony.

CWC endorsed the promise made by the Congress President to ensure minimum income support to the poor, weak and marginalised sections of society when the Congress party comes to power.

Congress Party is committed to ensure that benefits of economic growth flow to all sections of our people and all regions of the country; institutions that uphold Indian democracy are protected and strengthened, and the fundamental rights of all citizens of India are respected.

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