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Sonia Gandhi tells party: No failure is permanent, stick to principles

Sonia was addressing a Youth Congress function to mark the 25th death anniversary of former PM Rajiv Gandhi.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: May 22, 2016 10:47 am
Congress, Rahul Gandhi, Digvijaya Singh, SOnia Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi death anniversary, Sonia Gandhi, Sonia Rajiv Gandhi, Rajvi Gandhi death anniversary news In a first, the Gandhi family observed a night memorial service to coincide with the time of Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination, at Shantivan Saturday. (Express Photo by Tashi Tobgyal)

In her first public speech after Congress’s setback in the recent Assembly elections, party president Sonia Gandhi Saturday said that “no failure is permanent” if one sticks to principles.

Sonia was addressing a Youth Congress function to mark the 25th death anniversary of former PM Rajiv Gandhi.

Read | The others who died with Rajiv Gandhi: Families talk of struggle, neglect 

Her remarks come at a time when Congress’s dismal show in the assembly polls has triggered a row within the party, with some members demanding action and fixing of responsibility.

Without making a direct reference to the poll results, Sonia said, “Success achieved by discarding basic principles will not last long. And if the basic principles are intact, then no failure is permanent.”

Recalling the contribution of her late husband, she said, “We have to compensate for each drop of Rajiv’s blood spilled on Indian soil by promoting and strengthening social harmony.”

India, she said, is today walking with its head held high because of the steps taken by him as prime minister. She referred to his various initiatives, including the ushering in of the telecom and the IT revolution.

Before Sonia spoke, AICC general secretary Digvijaya Singh once again made a pitch for handing over reins of the party to the youth. “Now we have to hand over power to the youth. There is no other option. When I spoke about major surgery, some people had objections. I was told that for seeking a surgery, I may lose my job… But the power should go to the hands of the youth…”

Singh attacked the BJP, saying it was wearing the “mask of nationalism” and following the “divide-and-rule” policy practised by the British.

“Those who never participated in the freedom struggle are trying to wedge a divide in the society and misguide the youth and the country. Our fight is not against any person, but against an ideology. The RSS ideology is to divide,” Singh said.

Rahul was scheduled to attend the Youth Congress event but did not turn up. He visited Veer Bhoomi in the morning to pay tributes to his late father.

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  1. Archana Das
    May 21, 2016 at 5:11 pm
    You don't have any principle, otherwise you would throw away your low quality Damad long before back. You would not take share of National Herald, you did day light Dacoit
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      Chander Pal
      May 21, 2016 at 3:07 pm
      Congress is known for corruption, generating black money, flashy pro Muslim, Hindu bashing, paid news and above all high dimensional ultra sycophancy along with you guessed it one family limited private company type top heavy henchmen. So let the party continue, pun intended.
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        MyTake
        May 21, 2016 at 8:09 pm
        (Singh attacked the BJP, saying it was wearing the “mask of nationalism” and following the “divide-and-rule” policy practised by the British.)lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;You are right to a small extent. Current attempt to isolate the crooks from the society who were stealing then"cream" is a legitimate one and people are happy with this isolation or divide if you want to call it as such. One can see the affect of this when "screams" are coming from "known" quarters from time to time!
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          MyTake
          May 21, 2016 at 7:32 pm
          (lt;br/gt;Without making a direct reference to the poll results, Sonia said, “Success achieved by discarding basic principles will not last long. And if the basic principles are intact, then no failure is permanent.”)lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;I have been advising Rahul to become a priest for a long time! Now you are telling the same thing in a round about way!
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            MyTake
            May 21, 2016 at 7:29 pm
            There is only one way to redeem the sin. Return all the money and change the top leadership. You want to play with any of them people will outsmart you piercing through all your pretension shields!
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