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Rahul Gandhi at Congress’s 133rd Foundation Day: Constitution under attack by BJP

Congress president Rahul Gandhi attacked the ruling BJP, saying the party was using lies to politically benefit itself and was attacking India’s Constitution.

New Delhi: Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday unfurled the party flag at 24, Akbar Road, to mark the 133rd foundation day of the party. This was the first time that the 47-year-old leader led the party’s celebrations of the foundation day, after becoming the party president.

In his address following the unfurling of party flag, Gandhi attacked the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), and said that the ruling party was lying to politically benefit itself and was attacking the values in India’s Constitution.

“What is happening in our country is a web of deceit. The BJP operates on the basic idea that a lie can be used for political benefits. We might suffer or lose but we would not give up the truth,” he said in his brief address to party leaders and supporters on Thursday.

At a time when Union minister Anant Kumar Hegde’s controversial remarks on the Constitution has become a new political flashpoint between the government and opposition parties, Gandhi was joined by senior Congress leaders who protested on the issue in Parliament.

“The Constitution is under attack by the BJP. It is our duty to defend the Constitution, to defend every single person’s future,” Gandhi said in his address, adding that it was the duty of every citizen to ensure that the Constitution is defended.

The Foundation Day for the party is a significant milestone as it comes at a time when the party is undergoing a generational shift and is reeling from a series of electoral defeats ever since its historic defeat in the 2014 general elections.

Congress party was founded on 28 December 1885, when it held its first session—attended by 72 delegates in Mumbai under W.C. Bonnerjee’s presidentship.

 

courtesy : LiveMint

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