Sonia message: Show action

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Asking party workers to be ready to confront political opponents aggressively, the Congress chief Sonia Gandhi on Monday directed the Pradesh Congress Committees to hold “at least one public meeting in every constituency”.

The message of the 83rd Congress plenary is loud and clear: To be offensive and demonstrate through actions, and not in words against the political rivals trying to weaken the government and the party over the corruption issue.
In her concluding remarks Mrs Gandhi said: “It is absolutely essential now that we confront our political opponents aggressively.” She further added: “It is also our duty to effectively counter the blatantly baseless and completely unfounded accusations being levelled by the Opposition, particularly the BJP.”
Mrs Gandhi said: “We will launch a Jan Jagran Abhiyan (mass awareness campaign) throughout the country to inform the people about the achievements of the Congress-led UPA government and expose BJP double-speak. At least one public meeting should be held in every Assembly constituency. The PCCs must take the lead.”
Winding up the two-day conclave, she described as “inspiring” the Prime Minister’s assurance that he will take her five-point action plan against corruption.
In her opening address on Sunday, Mrs Gandhi praised Prime Minister Manmohan Singh saying that the economy has moved to a much higher growth path under his leadership since May 2004. “His stewardship through the global crisis is acknowledged universally. It is this high economic growth that has enabled us to fund our social welfare programmes and schemes,” she had said.
On Monday, Dr Manmohan Singh said: “It is our good fortune that we have the opportunity to work under Mrs Sonia Gandhi’s leadership. Mrs Gandhi’s humility, her belief in principled politics and her deep commitment to make the Congress a strong political organisation inspire and empower us,” he said.
In her concluding remarks Mrs Gandhi had a piece of advice for those party men who are yearning for posts remarking that they should learn from those who have been serving the party selflessly without getting anything in return.
“I am aware that a large number of our colleagues have been rewarded for their work. There are some people, who have got a little but perhaps not as much as they wanted.”
There are many party workers who have got nothing in the government or in the party but despite that they are giving their contribution to the party with full dedication,” she said.
Noting that she has a special place in her heart for such persons, she said, “They are least bothered that their number has not come so far.”
“We can learn from such sisters and brothers. The service which is rendered to the party without any self-interest has a different value altogether,” she said.

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