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Congress plenary session highlights: Corrupt and powerful control conversation in country today, says Rahul Gandhi

The theme of the this plenary session of the Congress will be ‘Change is Now’, and will see president Rahul Gandhi put forward the party’s plan for the future.

india Updated: Mar 18, 2018 17:39 IST
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Rahul Gandhi speaking at the Congress Plenary Session.
Rahul Gandhi speaking at the Congress Plenary Session. (ANI Photo)

On the second day of its 84th plenary session, the Congress criticised the Centre’s foreign and economic policy. “The PM is carried away by own propaganda. “Today it is a matter of concern that we have mismanaged our relations with major capitals of the world, with major strategic partners and our immediate neighborhood,” said senior leader Anand Sharma at the plenary session.

Being held after a gap of seven years, the theme of the this plenary session of the 132-year-old Congress party will be ‘Change is Now’, and will see president Rahul Gandhi put forward the party’s plan for the future.

Here are the highlights:

4.50pm:

4.45pm: We have to change Congress. There is a wall between our leaders and workers. My first task will be to break that wall. I will consult senior leaders to destroy that wall with love, says Rahul Gandhi.

4.29pm: Rahul Gandhi at Congress plenary session:They told Gauri Lankesh and Kalburgi, question us and you will die. They tell our honest businessman to shut up and allow corrupt officers to extort their hard earned money. They tell our farmers to work for nothing.

4.27pm: They (people) will accept a man accused of murder as the President of the BJP, but they will never ever accept the same in the Congress Party because they hold Congress in the highest regard: Rahul Gandhi.

4.25pm: I don’t just go to mandir. I also go to mosque, church and gurdwara: Rahul Gandhi.

4.23pm: What does Modi actually mean? The name Modi symbolises the collusion between India’s biggest crony capitalists and the prime minister of India, says Rahul Gandhi.

4.20pm: 

4.18pm: The PM diverts our attention and jumps from one event to another from Gabbar Singh tax to yoga in Parliament and never talks about the issues. But, the Congress cannot be stopped from seeking the truth and justice: Rahul Gandhi

4.15pm: I don’t say it with happiness but the last govt we formed did not stand up to the expectations of the people. The people of the country were let down by us: Rahul Gandhi at Congress Plenary Session in New Delhi.

4.13pm: Will India live a lie or will India have the courage to face the truth? Today, the corrupt and powerful control the conversation in the country, says Rahul Gandhi.

4.12pm: When it is important for the PM to speak, he goes silent: Rahul Gandhi.

4.10pm: BJP is the voice of an organisation, Congress is the voice of a nation: Rahul Gandhi

4.05pm: Like the Kauravas, BJP and RSS are desinged to fight for power. Like the Pandavas, Cong is desinged to fight for the truth, says Congress president Rahul Gandhi.

4pm: Rahul Gandhi begins his address at Congress Plenary Session

12.45pm: It’s the biggest achievement of Dr Manmohan Singh that 14 crore people were listed out of poverty. The BJP govt pushed people into poverty. Number of people below poverty line went up. It’s the greatest disservice BJP govt did to people of India, says the former Union finance minister.

12.40pm: The Modi govt inherited a strong economy. The task of development has to be continued by future generations. However, today, the Indian economy is decoupled from the world economy which is growing, says Chidambaram.

12:28pm: Demonetisation was a big lie. RBI is still counting and won’t tell us how much money has come back. I would like to advice the RBI governor to go to Tirupati and get the hundi collectors. They count money faster than the RBI, says P Chidambaram on demonetisation.

12:26pm: The current phase of economic growth started in 1990s when Rajiv Gandhi sowed seeds of liberalisation. This gained momentum under Dr Manmohan Singh. Whatever the BJP, the NDA may say, records speak for itself, says senior leader P Chidambaram.

12:10am: The support Pakistan gives to cross-border terrorism is certainly not acceptable to us. We should warn Pakistan that their actions are detrimental to peace and prosperity: Manmohan Singh

12:09pm: Modi govt has mismanaged Jammu and Kashmir like never before, the atmosphere is deteriorating day in and day out, its obvious from the fact that our borders are insecure, be it cross border terror or internal: Manmohan Singh

12.07pm: The Congress party made India what it is today. It led the freedom struggle and guided India towards development after Independence. Today, we face similar challenges of carrying forward development and social justice, says Manmohan Singh.

12.05pm: The defense expenditure of our country is no more than 1.6% of our GDP. This is far too inadequate to meet the challenges of our security apparatus and our needs, says Singh.

12:04pm: Modi said farmers’ income will be doubled in 6 years; it is a jumla-type statement unlikely to be achieved: Manmohan Singh.

12:02pm: When Modi ji was campaigning he made lots of tall promises, those promises have not been fulfilled. He said we will provide 2 crore jobs, we have not seen even 2 lakh jobs, says the former prime minister.

12pm: During the 10 years of the UPA period, Soniaji’s guidance was a great tower of strength to me as I join all of you in saluting her for the magnificent guidance that she provided the UPA government, says Singh.

11:58am: Soniaji has given our party a distinguished guidance which has enabled us to deal with some of its pressing issues during the UPA period dealing with Right to Education, Right to Information and Food Security Act, says former prime minister Manmohan Singh.

11:20am: “Neighbourhood first” was the Congress government’s rallying cry. However, under the Modi government, it’s “Neighbourhood last”. We need to improve our regional connectivity, but that is being ignored today, says Congress MP from Assam Gaurav Gogoi.

11:05am: Today it is a matter of concern that we have mismanaged our relations with major capitals of the world, with major strategic partners and our immediate neighborhood

11am: The Congress-led UPA Govt, in its 10 years in office, pursued a robust foreign policy that enhanced India’s standing in the world, says senior leader Anand Sharma.