Sonia Gandhi signals end to her political innings

Gandhi said she must express her gratitude for all that has been said about her tenure as the Congress president and the UPA regimes

Update: 2023-02-25 11:58 GMT
Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge with senior party leader Sonia Gandhi during the 85th Plenary Session of the Indian National Congress, in Raipur (PTI Photo)

New Delhi: Former Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Saturday virtually signalled the end to her active political career by saying her “innings could conclude with the Bharat Jodo yatra”.

Speaking at the 85th plenary session of the Congress she said, “I had the honour of being party president in 1998. Over these 25 years, our party has seen achievements and disappointments. Our victory in 2004 and 2009 (Lok Sabha polls), along with the able leadership of (former prime minister) Manmohan Singh, gives me personal satisfaction. But what gratifies me the most is that my innings could conclude with the Bharat Jodo Yatra, which came at a crucial point.”

Congress is not just a political party, Mrs Gandhi said, but reflects the voices of people of all religions, castes and genders. She asserted that the party will fulfil all their dreams.

She urged the Congress workers to achieve the goal of defeating the BJP in the 2024 Lok Sabha polls under the leadership Kharge.

“We must tackle this regime with vigour. We must reach out to people and convey our message with clarity. We must be ready to put aside our personal ambitions,” she said.

The former Congress chief also alleged that the government's actions show contempt for the values enshrined in the Constitution. "The situation today reminds me of the time when I first entered Parliament," she said.

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