Congress meet Live: Combative Rahul Gandhi calls 2014 a turning point, but rules out being Congress PM candidate

The All India Congress Committee is meeting in the national capital to discuss the road ahead.

New Delhi | Updated: January 17, 2014 4:49 pm

The All India Congress Committee is meeting in the national capital to discuss the road ahead for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. Congress president Sonia Gandhi began the event with her address to the gathering.

Here are the highlights:

4.44 pm: Rahul Gandhi points that the Constitution says that a Prime Minister should be chosen by Members of Parliament. Calling Congress “a democratic party”, the Gandhi scion says that the party will follow the norms of the Constitution.

4.41 pm: “The oppositions keeps asking for a Congress-free India…but the Congress has a thought which has not been wiped out for last 3000 years…those who tried to kill this thought, themselves got finished,” says Rahul.

4.40 pm: The Gandhi scion hits out at the Opposition saying it has excellent marketing skills, so much so that they can sell combs to bald people. He added that there’s another new breed which has started giving haircuts to bald people.

4.36 pm: Rahul Gandhi addresses Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, saying the country wants 12 subsidised LPG cylinders, not just nine.

4.33 pm: Rahul bats for women empowerment, saying he wants women to constitute half the strength of the Congress party.

4.28 pm: Rahul stresses on three new important steps taken by the Congress:

1. Strengthening Youth Congress and NSUI with elected representatives

2. Manifesto is not made in closed rooms now, they are done after taking inputs from all party members.

3. All candidates for 2014 Lok Sabha elections would be chosen after discussions at all levels, including blocks and gram.

4.26 pm: “We need to open the doors of Congress party and bring in young and honest people,” says Rahul Gandhi.

4.24 pm: We need to take the Congress party forward, says Rahul Gandhi.

4. 16 pm: “We need to bring the voice of the MPs back in Parliament, MLAs in Assemblies and Sarpanchs in villages,” says Rahul Gandhi.

4.13 pm: The Congress has not taken even one step that has not been in the favour of the country since freedom struggle days, says Rahul Gandhi.

4.11 pm: Rahul asks people to laud Manishankar Aiyar and Sam Pitroda for the work done by them.

4.10 pm: Rahul Gandhi lauds Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress president Sonia Gandhi for their leadership and guidance.

4.05 pm: Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi begins his speech at the AICC meet.

3.55 pm: Supporters cheer as they wait for Rahul Gandhi’s speech, which is slated to begins shortly.

1.03 pm: Manmohan Singh thanks Sonia Gandhi, saying her vision has immensely helped the Congress party.

1 pm: The UPA has committed several mistakes, but has always learnt from them and rectified them, says Manmohan Singh.

12.50 pm: Poverty has declined drastically under the UPA government and standard of rural life has also improved significantly, says Manmohan.

12.46 pm: The country achieved immense growth under the UPA government, says Singh.

12.45 pm: People must verify the facts presented and claims by opposition parties, says Manmohan Singh. He says the Congress needs to tell people that the tall promises made by other parties cannot be fulfilled.

12.44 pm: Prime Minister says Congress has always worked for the poor and underprivileged people.

12.42 pm: “If we prepare well for 2014 and give correct information to people about our schemes, win will be ensured for us, for Rahulji,” says Manmohan Singh.

12.40 pm: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh addresses AICC meet.

11.57 am: “Every milestone that we have crossed, it is because the Congress party has led the country at that moment,” says Chidambaram.

11.55 am: In the last 10 years, the UPA government under the guidance of Sonia Gandhi and leadership of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has fulfilled its promise of inclusive development and social justice, says Chidambaram.

11.50 am: Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram claims that the UPA has gone for inclusive development and social justice.

11.21 am: Rahul Gandhi intervenes as supporters cheer and raise slogans demanding he be made the PM candidate of Congress. He tells the crowd, “In the next two-three hours, I will explain to you about what you want to hear…I will tell you what’s there in my heart.”

11.15 am: Hitting out at the Opposition, Sonia Gandhi said that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) wanted to divide people. She said that secularism was a way of life for the Congress, adding that the party survived because of its will to fight.

11.06 am: Despite false allegations, the Congress has continued to work for the people and the government has continued to pursue policies that have been in favour of people, says Sonia Gandhi.

11 am: Sonia says that all Congress-ruled states are committed to bringing an effective Lokayukta.

10.55 am: Congress president Sonia Gandhi says that the party is ready for the 2014 General Elections, adding that the decision taken on party vice president Rahul Gandhi is final.

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  1. M
    Jan 17, 2014 at 3:51 pm
    MODI Cannot be PM any time. VOTE for CONG. Don't waste your vote for a leader like MODI.
    1. G
      Jan 17, 2014 at 8:39 am
      do these guys actually believe what they are saying!
      1. a
        Jan 17, 2014 at 8:37 am
        ok. we will wait for your speech. India needs a gentleman PM like you. The congress is is the only party that is beyond cast and religion
        1. J
          Jan 17, 2014 at 2:32 pm
          Rahul hi... The answer to all India's problems!!!! All this while I thought congress was only looting the nation. Today... I realise I need to vote for Congress!!! India's only option.. the best option!!
          1. C
            Critic Master
            Jan 17, 2014 at 7:57 am
            ..Kabir, run by Arvind Kejriwal and Manish Sisodia, key figures in AAP(Aam Aadmi Party), has received $400,000 from the Ford Foundation in the last three years
            1. R
              Rohit J
              Jan 17, 2014 at 3:59 pm
              Yes 2014 will be turning point which will be remembered as the year in which Congress was decimated in elections and bagged 50 seats under the able guidance of Sh Rahul hi
              1. R
                Rohit J
                May 31, 2014 at 8:42 am
                well this prediction was given 4 months back when everybody thought that congress will be in bad shape but will score at east 80 plus seats.
                1. K
                  Feb 1, 2014 at 3:48 am
                  Vote for Rahul i
                  1. S
                    Jan 17, 2014 at 6:05 am
                    So the great india circus show has started and our hero will say his dil ki baat in next one hour...dying to hear him as not laugh for hours now ;)
                    1. S
                      Jan 17, 2014 at 6:04 am
                      the great indian
                      1. S
                        shristi jain
                        Jan 17, 2014 at 9:07 am
                        one cannot deny the fact that the nation has moved ahead in terms of good and transparent governance under the flag of UPA and leadership of the prime minister and of course Sonia hi. Without going into minute details, just look at few things like RTI act, RTE act, and MNREGA. These three are milestones. Just think that before these acts came into force, ever any Indian had such things in mind before. I feel Congress as single national party needs to come back and they will be...................
                        1. S
                          shristi jain
                          Jan 17, 2014 at 9:10 am
                          only congress has done something to fight corruption..they brought RTI the strongest tool against corruption. And many scams are reveled because of RTI...bjps cry against corruption is hollow...they diluted lokayuktha in gujrat , keeps minster convicted for corruption in cabinet , taking dy back...congress has more right to claim against corruption than any other party ...
                          1. S
                            Jan 17, 2014 at 3:13 pm
                            Rahul asks people to laud Manishankar Aiyar and Sam Pitroda for the work done by them.4.10 pm: Rahul hi lauds Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress president Sonia hi for their leadership and guidance.4.05 pm: Congress vice president Rahul hi begins his speech at the AICC meet.3.55 pm: Supporters cheer as they wait for Rahul hi’s speech, which is slated to begins shortly.1.03 pm: Manmohan Singh thanks Sonia hi, saying her vision has immensely helped the Congress party.1 pm: The UPA has committed several mistakes, but has always learnt from them and rectified them, says Manmohan Singh.I can understand about SAM ,but what about Mani shanker the "DRUNKER" what he gave to this country, see how MMS praising Sonia, shame on this ,he is such a qualified person praising a Italian maid, shame on MMS, please don't do this, u r loosing u'r creadebility as a PM of India
                            1. E
                              Jan 18, 2014 at 6:24 am
                              To project a flop politician like Rahul hi as PMRahul hi is there in politics mainly due to dynasty sycophancy of Congress supporters.He was made a General Secretary of a national party without even demonstrating the administrative capabilities as a mayor of a small city. It does not happen inany truly democratic party. Rahul’s only USP was that he belonged to India’sfirst family, the Nehru-hi family which has given the country three primeministers.Rahul has till date given only few face-to-face on-record interview one given in 2005. He said he could have been prime minister at 25 if he wanted. The uproar over the statement led him to deny it, but Rahul was right his surname is his only USP.The Reality is: His speeches wouldn't even stand a chance in front of 18 year old students, forget seasoned voters. I hope Mr.Jha has seen how Darbhanga, Bihar students made Rahul eat crow.. "Main galti se Gujarat Bol diya... sorry" :) : Corrected by RahulThe Reality is : He is incompetent. He loves to enjoy power from back door. Authority sans responsibility is a perfect gift handed over to him and his mother bysycophants, and why should he say no to that? His attendance in his work placeis pathetic. For instance UP's average MP attendance in Lok Sabha is 80%, whileRahul hi's is 42%. An average Uttar Pradesh MP partited in 32.1 debates so far this term of the parliament, while Rahul attended a g ONE debate! An average UP MP has asked 161 questions while Rahul is yet to open his account!
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