Declaring that the “winds of change are coming”, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi said Thursday that the Congress will work with “like-minded” parties to ensure the defeat of the BJP in the Lok Sabha elections.
Gandhi also sought to dispel the perception that she was disengaging from active politics by saying that she would play a role in talks with other parties in the run-up to the elections. However, she made clear that her son Rahul Gandhi, who took over from her as Congress president in December, was now her “boss too”.
Questioning the government’s record, Gandhi said it has been all about “maximum publicity, minimum government, or put another way, maximum marketing, minimum delivery”.
Addressing a meeting of the Congress Parliamentary Party, of which she is the chairperson, Gandhi said, “I will work with the Congress president and other colleagues in discussions with like-minded political parties to ensure that in the next (general) election the BJP is defeated and India is restored to a democratic, inclusive, secular, tolerant and economically progressive path.”
The statement is being seen a signal to senior Opposition leaders who may be apprehensive about dealing with Rahul ever since Sonia stepped down as Congress president and retreated from the forefront. It is also being viewed as a message to her party that Rahul is now the boss.
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