Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Friday asked party leaders to reach out to the masses to convey the party’s abiding commitment to the empowerment of aam admi (common man) in the form of the Women’s Reservation Bill and other achievements of the UPA government.
“Our abiding commitment to the empowerment of aam admi must be conveyed with clarity,” she told Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) chiefs and party general secretaries in charge of the states.
The meeting was called to finalise programmes to celebrate the party’s 125 years.
A jubilant Gandhi told them that the Bill, “when it comes to fruition, would be the realisation of Rajiv Gandhi’s vision to empower women politically”.
On the occasion, Gandhi was lauded for getting the Bill — that provides 33 per cent reservation for women in the Lok Sabha and state assemblies — passed in the Rajya Sabha.
The Bill will now have to be passed by the Lok Sabha and ratified by half the states before it can become a law.
Gandhi also used the occasion to ask party workers not to be complacent after its victory in the 15th Lok Sabha polls.
“This is the time for consolidation and an opportunity to reach out to each section of society, in each region of the country and connect with masses,” she said.
Gandhi said the message — drawing upon the past, building on the present and projecting a vision for the future — must be articulated properly. At the end, she stressed the need for coordination between PCC presidents, chief ministers, CLP leaders and general secretaries in-charge of states.
On their part, the PCC chiefs briefed her about the commemorative activities initiated by them in their states.