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In Nehru’s name, Congress starts campaign

The party started off its celebrations a day earlier and used the occasion to kick off its election campaign.

Written by Naveed Iqbal | New Delhi | Published: November 14, 2014 12:33 am
Former chief minister Sheila Dikshit with DPCC chief Arvinder Singh Lovely at Talkatora stadium. (Source: Express photo byAnil Sharma) Former chief minister Sheila Dikshit with DPCC chief Arvinder Singh Lovely at Talkatora stadium. (Source: Express photo by Anil Sharma)

For the Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC), Jawaharlal Nehru’s 125th birth anniversary came at an opportune time. The party started off its celebrations a day earlier and used the occasion to kick off its election campaign.

Party president Sonia Gandhi, vice-president Rahul Gandhi and former prime minister Manmohan Singh were in attendance at the event held at the Talkatora Stadium.

Party workers cheered Sonia and Rahul as they attacked the “angry people who are running the country” in their speech. After the party’s decimation in two consecutive elections in the state (Assembly and Lok Sabha) — it had just eight MLAs and no MPs — the Congress is hoping to make a comeback. Delhi Congress Chief Arvinder Singh Lovely had earlier stated that the party is hoping to increase its vote share to at least 35 per cent from 25 in the last election.

Lovely reminded the gathering of the recent communal violence in the capital as the party vowed to “fight those dismantling Nehru’s India”.

The Congress president told workers that at such a time, “Nehru would have wanted us to come together, to go to people and listen to them and be part of their sorrows and joy.”

However, despite this being the formal launch of the Congress’s election campaign, many party MLAs were missing from the function. A faction in the party has been vying for greater involvement of former CM Sheila Dikshit in its campaign.

As the head of the Congress’s committee planning events around Nehru’s birth anniversary, Dikshit administered the oath to party workers to continue Nehru’s mission in all their future endeavours.

The Congress is set to launch a membership drive across the city. The party leaders urged its frontal organisations such as the Seva Dal and Youth Congress to reach out to residents and remind them of the development during the 15 years of Congress rule.

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  1. P
    Nov 14, 2014 at 4:43 am
    This is a disrespect to the people of India by not inviting their elected Prime Minister for the 125th birth anniversary of their first Prime Minister. Congress will pay for this!!!!!
    1. A
      Nov 13, 2014 at 9:59 pm
      CONGER- should let talent grow and shed the dynasty. Otherwise there is no hope, India looks towards the future, there is nothing to gain from the past, that is history ! Memories of "Greatness" don't get you anywhere, pragmatism does !
      1. A
        Nov 14, 2014 at 11:24 am
        Now they are stealing ideas of BJP. Nothing wrong with that. But they are still a one family party full of non thinking sycophants. They lostthe lections and then the family is not to be blamed, and still keep their posts of president and vice president. And yet the way they treated Narasimha Rao, any non family member was dismembered and thrown to the dogs to be eaten alive.
        1. B
          Nov 14, 2014 at 3:39 pm
          Congress a defunct organization is now trying to stay afloat by using Nehru. this is the last ditch effort by pseudo his to claim legacy which is not theirs . True hi wanted to disband congress , Mahatma was in Calcutta to sooth nerves when Nehru was enjoying choicest wines wuth Lord Mountbaton and lady Edwina in Delhi . can Congress tell whose legacy the want to inherit .
          1. J
            Nov 14, 2014 at 7:07 pm
            No one questions Nehru's stature, undermine his personality, or minimize his service to India before and after the independence, of course, only outdone singulary by the Mahatma hil. But since Nehru, the country has only moved backward -it exploded its potion, perpetuated rift between Muslims and Hindus every election cycle through the years. Today's the Congress party has proved that it is a good model for disaster for India by not inviting the current ruling government and Mr. Modi for the Nehru centinery. Every good initiative by Modi government has been criticized by Rahul, Sonya, and their cronies. There is no way people of India will ever elect another Nehru proginy like, Rahul hi to run a government. The Congress is dead as we know it until the current team is run out of steam.
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