Pushed to a corner after its drubbing in the December Assembly elections and with the Lok Sabha polls round the corner, the Congress is now taking lessons from others, with AICC general secretary Digvijaya Singh saying it is time the Congress becomes a “cadre-based” party, much like the BJP and Communist parties.
Speaking at NSUI’s national convention, Singh said, “Our biggest challenge today is the RSS, which is a cadre-based outfit. The BJP is zero without it. Communists are also cadre-based… My belief is that Congress needs to become a cadre-based party now. And it is all of you who will form the cadre.”
He also lashed out at BJP’s PM candidate Narendra Modi, saying they resorted to “lies”. “Nobody is a greater master of propaganda than the RSS. They train to lie…We should show the courage to oppose the RSS’s lies,” Singh said.
Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi said the Congress and UPA had done “historic work”, but the opposition’s strategy had been to “oppose whatever Congress did”, even if it was positive, with “harsh words and “anger”. “We are Mahatma Gandhi’s party. Our focus is to work, with love and brotherhood. That’s your DNA, don’t leave that, whatever provocation there may be,” Rahul said.
“The opposition talks about corruption. Congress takes action whenever it sees corruption. We got the RTI, the Lokpal. We also brought six anti-corruption Bills in Parliament but it is the BJP and opposition which stalled them,” Rahul said, adding that the BJP failed to see corruption in states ruled by it and had even brought back a “tainted “ CM — a reference to former Karnataka CM B S Yeddurappa — to the party.
Rahul, while admitting those working in NSUI and the Youth Congress do not get enough support from senior leaders at times, emphasised the party would give maximum representation to NSUI and youth leaders with the Lok Sabha elections.