Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge said the party would never move away from its ideologies and progress with its ideologies.
Hoisting the party flag in New Delhi headquarters of All India Congress Committee (AICC) on the party’s 139th Foundation Day event, Kharge said, “On foundation day our duty is to gather in a large number and send a message across the nation that the Congress party will never move away from its ideologies and will progress with its ideologies. We want to give a message …we are working keeping in mind that (2024 Lok Sabha elections),” he said.
During the event, Kharge held discussions with prominent party members, including Congress MP Rahul Gandhi, party General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi, MP Rajiv Shukla, and party General Secretary KC Venugopal.
In a post on X, Kharge wrote, “The Congress party represents the will of the people. It is synonymous with struggle, compassion, freedom, justice and equality. On the solemn occasion of Congress Foundation Day, we reaffirm our unwavering commitment to protect the Constitution of India and uphold the values of Democracy.”
Congress MP Rahul Gandhi wrote on X, “The foundation of truth and non-violence, built on pillars of love, brotherhood, respect, and equality, with the roof of patriotism, I am proud to be a part of such an organization; I take pride in being a member of the Congress. Heartfelt wishes to all the leaders, officials, supporters, and my dear fellow Congress workers on the occasion of Congress Foundation Day.”
Meanwhile, Shakeel Ahmad, a Congress leader and former Member of the Bihar Vidhan Sabha, expressed that the fundamental goal of the Congress party had remained consistent since its inception. He emphasised that the party’s current aim was to foster unity within society and eliminate divisive sentiments and hatred.
“On December 28, 1885, when the Congress was formed, the motive behind its foundation is the same as it is today. The Congress was formed when the British were spreading hatred in society and were trying to turn people against each other. The Congress had the objective to unite the society and free it from the clutches of British rule,” Ahmad said about the formation of Congress.
The Indian National Congress was established on December 28, 1885, in Bombay (now Mumbai) with the participation of 72 delegates at Das Tejpal Sanskrit College. The founder General Secretary was AO Hume, and Vyomesh Chandra Banerjee assumed the role of president.
The party later organised a mega rally in Nagpur on the occasion of its foundation day. Kharge and Rahul Gandhi addressed the rally.
Rahul Gandhi said everyone is listened to in the Congress. “Voice comes from below, but it is not so in BJP. I listen to everyone. Many times there are disagreements but there is democracy.”
Gandhi said before independence there was rule of kings and the British. Gun salutes were given to them. They used to take whatever they liked. It was Ambedkar and Gandhiji who protected the rights of the people… made the constitution.
Taking a dig at RSS-BJP, the Congress leader said, “All the institutions are being captured. Only people associated with one organisation are becoming V-Cs of universities. There is pressure on media also. We want to give power to the people of the country.”
“Today RSS people stand in front of the flag and salute. They didn’t do this for years. The Congress had ensured the rights of the people.”