Challenging Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his bastion, the Congress on Tuesday pledged to expose his "betrayals and falsehoods" and accused him of "cynically exploiting national security for political gains".
At the Congress Working Committee (CWC), which met in Ahmedabad after 58 years, the political symbolism was there for all to see as the party sought to project the 2019 elections as a battle of Mahatma Gandhi's idea of India versus Nathuram Godse's idea of India. The CWC also reaffirmed its commitment to serve the country and the people in its endeavour for inclusive growth and shared prosperity.
"The CWC assures the people that the Congress party believes in what it promises and has proven its credibility on delivering the same," the party's resolution said.
The Congress also urged all democratic and progressive forces to unite and pool their energies to relentlessly fight and expose the BJP government, and not to allow the nation's political narrative to be vitiated and focus deflected from the real issues that concern the people.
"An atmosphere of fear and insecurity is all pervasive particularly among women, students, academics, writers and the business community; there are deliberate attacks on the constitutional and other safeguards for scheduled castes, scheduled tribes, OBCs and minorities; and there is subversion of all institutions of governance," the strongly-worded resolution said.
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