BJP showed false dreams, we will stage comeback: Sonia Gandhi to partymen

Sonia Gandhi listed a number of measures initiated for women empowerment and other reforms.

By: Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Published:August 20, 2014 5:22 pm
She targetted the Narendra Modi government, accusing it of copying the schemes and programmes of the UPA dispensation and taking credit for the same. (Source: Reuters) Sonia targetted the Narendra Modi government, accusing it of copying the schemes and programmes of the UPA dispensation and taking credit for the same. (Source: Reuters)

Lamenting that Congress lost in the Lok Sabha polls despite doing “so much”, Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday asserted that her party will stage a comeback as she attacked BJP, saying it had shown “false dreams” and people got caught in the “trap”.

She targetted the Narendra Modi government, accusing it of copying the schemes and programmes of the UPA dispensation and taking credit for the same.

Addressing a convention of ‘Mahila Congress’ in New Delhi, Sonia along with Rahul Gandhi sought to reach out to women by promising a larger electoral role for them at all levels and making a strong pitch for reservation for them in Parliament and state Assemblies.

They told the convention organised on the occasion of 70th birth anniversary of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi that women members of the Congress should become a “tsunami” and contribute actively in the battle between ideologies.

“We had done so much. Still some people laid a trap and people got caught in it. Our work, our achievements got ignored and those showing false dreams marched ahead,” she said, targeting BJP as she looked back at the Lok Sabha polls.

To buttress her point about performance of the previous Congress-led government, she listed a number of measures initiated for women empowerment and other reforms.

Targeting the Modi dispensation, Sonia said, “those who have come in government today are showing an altogether different picture to the nation in accordance with their habit. They are implementing as their own schemes and plans, which were luanched by Congress.”

At the same time, the Congress chief expressed confidence about staging a comeback. “May be the path of our struggle is a bit longer and we may have to work a little more. But if all of us work hard and do it together, the day is not far when Congress will regain its peak.”

This was the first such party convention since the Lok Sabha polls in which Congress only got 44 seats.

Addressing the “Sankalp Diwas” convention, Sonia said her party will put “full pressure” on the NDA government to pass the Women Reservation bill as despite being in Opposition her party cannot withdraw from its committment on the issue.

Rahul, the party Vice President, asked women to join the party in large numbers to strengthen it in the “battle of ideologies” after the formation of NDA government at Centre.

While Sonia talked the measures intiated for empowering women by Rajiv Gandhi, Rahul promised “Tsunami” of measures to empower women within organization as it urged them to join the party in large numbers in the “ideological battle” ahead.

“The way Tsunami had come, a Tsunami of Mahila Congress is also to come in Congress. Fill Congress with the strength of women and I will field you from wherever you can fight-be it panchayat, assembly or Parliamentary elections,” the Congress Vice President said.

Seeking to draw a contrast between the ideologies of Congress and BJP in respect to women’s empowerment, Rahul said, “A government has been formed here. This is a battle of ideologies. This is a battle of the thought process.

“In their (BJP) thinking, the women should be worshipped. Goddesses should be worshipped but women should not be empowered. In their view, women should not come out of their homes.

“Our thinking is that they should come out of their homes, run businesses. We want their empowerment…you have to fight not only a battle of power but a battle of idelogies.”

He said women are suppressed everywhere — at home, at work place and outside — and this situation can be addressed only by change of thinking and not merely by laws and police.

He narrated an incident of Uttar Pradesh where he had seen in the night a man dragging his wife and beating her up for not cooking meal properly.

“The same person calls a woman mother and sister and worships her in the form of a Goddess and then beats his wife. You have to change this,” he said.

Referring to rape incidents, he said, “prominent people say ‘shame shame’ but “Law and police cannot check it. Only women can do it. Do not leave it to the men (to address this problem)”.

Sonia, who spoke earlier, said that women empowerment was one of the two priorities of late Rajiv Gandhi, the other being taking the country into the 21st century.

She said Rajiv used to say that no country can move forward by ignoring half of its population, she said.

Listing a number of steps taken by Rajiv Gandhi for women empowerment including reservation for them in panchayats and setting up of a national commission for women, the Congress chief said that the late Prime Minister also wanted that women should get representation in Parliament and Assemblies.

Noting that UPA government took up the issue when it came to power in 2004 and ensured passage of the measure in Rajya Sabha, she said, “Unfortunately the bill could not get passed in Lok Sabha because of some political parties.”

“Today, we are in opposition but Congress will not withdraw from its commitment to women’s reservation and we will build full pressure on the NDA government to pass the bill as soon as possible,” she said.

The 18-year journey of the Women’s Reservation Bill has been marked by high drama and roadblocks in each outing in Parliament before the historic measure cleared the first legislative hurdle in March 2010 when Rajya Sabha passed it during a sitting which saw marshals being used.

The bill seeks to reserve 33 per cent of the seats in Parliament and legislative Assemblies for women. Observing that victory and defeat were part of life, she said, “the real thing is that one should stick to principles and Congress has never sacrificed its  rinciples for power… We do not have to leave any stone unturned in bringing back the glory (aan, baan aur shaan) of Congress”.

She asked women congress workers to raise the issues of women’s exploitation in a big way and help the victims in getting justice from police stations and courts.

Regretting that incidents of female foeticide, domestic violence and rape “make our head hang in shame”, she said, “we have to raise our voice against such crimes.

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    Shambhu Nath
    Aug 20, 2014 at 8:23 pm
    The Congress will never come back. Bye, bye Congress. The next great opposition party is AAP. Italians should go back and settle with the billionaires in Monte Carlo. They have 8 billion in Swiss Banks.
    1. A
      Aug 20, 2014 at 12:15 pm
      Please dont come back . We just do not want dynasty! Congress must develop as party not rely on charisma of others and vote bank politics but based on principles
      1. G
        Aug 20, 2014 at 5:00 pm
        Does anyone have any idea what this guy's point is?
        1. A
          Aug 20, 2014 at 12:42 pm
          What dreams you have fulfilled in last 60 years that you must tell to the people. All elections for Congress party for last 9/10 elections should be discussed before media and people should know the truth.
          1. S
            subhash bennur
            Aug 20, 2014 at 12:55 pm
            Soniaji, people r not in a mood to listen to yr sermons.
            1. B
              Bhagat Singh
              Aug 20, 2014 at 11:54 pm
              This is again the natural arrogance of Congress and the ring masters claiming that they lost the election just becos the BJP has fooled the people while they were being so honest. It is extremely disappointing that they don't even acknowledge that they have a problem.. a big problem.. corruption problem.. a corruption problem.. an honesty problem and above all a leadership problem...They should not be surprised with the 2019 LS result. They can at least stay prepared with a better excuse than blaming the people for their loss....
              1. S
                Aug 20, 2014 at 1:05 pm
                Bharat Nari, don´t let you be used as cattle before the anti-Hinduwagon of the Congress. Do you know who is leading the Congress?A non Hindu an agent of the cruel Vatican. Don´t forget, you belongsto the great Hindu nation and you are the mother of all Hindus. Anti-Hindus are misusing your loyalty. Be proud and reject them!
                1. S
                  Aug 20, 2014 at 8:35 pm
                  Haven't we seen 60 years of Scamgress rule already. Sorry, no more. Bar maid can pack up leave for good.
                  1. M
                    Mohan Kumar
                    Aug 21, 2014 at 6:42 am
                    In 2019, the Congress will be washed out..... or, maybe they could win a couple of Seats :-)
                    1. S
                      S Sinha
                      Aug 20, 2014 at 2:00 pm
                      The reality is very painful. Sonia must know that and keep on ignoring it until it settles down as a bitter truth.
                      1. G
                        Aug 20, 2014 at 12:59 pm
                        Rahul is back with women, empowerment and youth.hard to digest rajiv hi was for women emowerment considering Shah Bano.
                        1. I
                          Aug 20, 2014 at 3:36 pm
                          True people caught in trap bu bjp ,, and they are using same old vingresd schme ..But congress has to know they have invested thousands of crore rupees in adver socail media electronic media and use annna hazare for curruption thing congress has to work in same way ..
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                            Jack T
                            Dec 8, 2014 at 10:26 pm
                            Sonia wants to stage a come back? Comeback to what? 1947?
                            1. P
                              Aug 21, 2014 at 1:44 am
                              BJP showed false dreams, Well, does the congress show a true one, ever?
                              1. J
                                Aug 20, 2014 at 9:32 pm
                                You can see the results of your own schemes and you think people are trapped, but you do not want to credit the executioner of your schemes that delivers the results which you could not. Come on lady, return the loot and go away.
                                1. K
                                  Kuldeep Saxena
                                  Aug 20, 2014 at 5:18 pm
                                  It appear that madam has totally forgotten the years which totally stopped the development of the nation during the last 10 years. It is not out of place to mention that the Congress leadership and their alliances never thought of the development of the nation instead kept every thing just safe guarding their own interest in tead of caring for the nation. It must be very clear to those who made the economy of the nation to negative performance. Even what to talk of the women folk there was a chaos in every direction one could look. There have been adverse d
                                  1. K
                                    Kuldeep Saxena
                                    Aug 20, 2014 at 6:14 pm
                                    Kuldeep Saxena • 24 minutesIt appears that madam has totally forgotten the years whichtotally stopped the development of the nation more specifically during the last10 years. It is not out of place to mention that the Congress leadership andtheir alliances never thought of the development of the nation instead keptevery thing just safe guarding their own interest instead of caring for thenation. One must not forget the arrogance of your party collogues they simplythought that they are the rulers of this nation and behaved like uncrownedkings. It was the period even worse than the regime of (late)Mrs. Indira hi.Your Government and collogues just was responsible for the increase in distancefrom the voter not only this there were problem which neither you or your colloguescared to look into even your son insulted Dr. Manmohan Singh the than PrimeMinister and you remained as a silent spectator . In addition to this there were so manyproblems which remained unattended like rising prices, corruption, economicscandals like siphoning of the funds to foreign countries as the rumors prevailedand made the environment against you and your team.The Economy deteriorated and the performance level went down tonegative level and earned a severe criticism not only from Indian Media butseverally from the foreign media. Eyes remained closed or every body of yourteam went to silent mode.But now dreaming of revival and come back seems to be a distantdream even it also appears that the forth coming elections in various state maybe a complete wash out for your party.Now charging Modi Government that they have stolen your ideashold no truth as in a democratic system it is the survival of the est.
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                                      kris kumar
                                      Aug 20, 2014 at 4:29 pm
                                      This Italian bar maid has become so frustrated that she can not accept the people verdict. I think Modi should start investigating her and her family finance and all the loots and scams they have been involved in. She will carry on barking like most unruly Italian do till she is kicked out. The time has come for the voters to show her true colour.
                                      1. V
                                        Aug 21, 2014 at 5:08 am
                                        It's our internal matter, Italian citizens pls stay out of Indian politics.
                                        1. k
                                          Aug 21, 2014 at 4:58 am
                                          She still believes abusing BJP or other parties who don't agree with her will get votes.What do we call this?
                                          1. k
                                            Aug 20, 2014 at 4:24 pm
                                            madam, you need not wait till the next elections to come back.Just see across the border what is happening.Try that if you can convince your slaves to do that.
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