Sonia Gandhi Calls For Organisational Changes; Slams Modi Govt Over Communal Clashes

The Congress president was addressing the party's 'Nav Sankalp Chintan Shivir', which began on Friday (May 13) in Udaipur and will go on till Sunday.

Congress president Sonia Gandhi is received by Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and Ajay Maken in Udaipur. (Image: Twitter/INC)

New Delhi: Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Friday called for organisational changes while keeping the party above personal ambitions. Addressing the party’s ‘Nav Sankalp Chintan Shivir‘, which began on Friday (May 13) in Udaipur and will go on till Sunday, she also hit out at the Narendra Modi government over the recent incidents of communal clashes across the country and the Prime Minister’s silence on the issues.

Talking about Congress, Sonia Gandhi said, “Changes in the organisation are the need of the hour. We need to change the way we work. We have to keep the organisation above personal ambitions as the party has given us a lot and it is time to pay it back,” she said.

“I urge my colleagues to express their views openly at the Shivir. The country should see that we are a strong and united party,” she added.

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Slamming the BJP-led Central government over targeting of minorities in the country, Gandhi said, “By now it has become abundantly and painfully clear what PM Modi and his colleagues really mean by their slogan ‘Maximum governance, minimum government’.”

“It means keeping country in a permanent state of polarisation, compelling people to live in a constant state of fear and insecurity, viciously targeting victimising and often brutalising minorities who’re an integral part of our society and equal citizen of our republic,” news agency ANI quoted her as saying.

Sonia Gandhi also alleged that the government misuses its powers to silence its opponents and went on to say, “It (BJP slogan) means dividing people and subverting the carefully nurtured idea of unity and diversity along with intimidating political opponents and jailing them on a flimsy pretext.”

In a continued attack on the Centre, the Congress president said the BJP slogan ‘Maximum governance, minimum government’ means “wholesale re-invention of history”. She alleged that the Modi government was constantly trying to “denigrate leaders like Jawaharlal Nehru”, and systematically “destroy their achievements and sacrifices” while glorifying the killers of Mahatma Gandhi and their ideologues.

“It means using fear to make bureaucracy, corporates, civil society and sections of the media fall in line. There’re more empty slogans and diversionary tactics and utter silence on the part of eloquent PM when healing touch is most needed,” said Gandhi.