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.
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.