With months left for the Assembly elections in Gujarat, state Congress president Jagdish Thakor said that in the war between the truth and falsehood, and the right and the wrong, it is not the number of soldiers, but the causes that are important and people will defeat “communal forces.” He further said Congress is not a party of “nine to 10 leaders but of lakhs of workers” and added that in its 137-year-long history, Congress has suffered many setbacks but has emerged stronger after every setback.
Mr Thakor was speaking at chintan shibir (brain-storming session), a three-day event organised by Congress in Dwarka to ideate on guiding principles for the manifesto for Assembly election due later this year in the state. Rahul Gandhi addressed the conclave on Saturday.
“In the war between the truth and falsehood, between dharma (the right) and adharma (the wrong), numbers (of soldiers) are not important. For example, in the war between Lord Rama and Ravan or the battle of Maharabharat between Pandvas and Kuaravas or between Kansa and those who were opposed to him. Here, not the numbers (of soldiers) but causes were important. You have seen the same in the battle of Karbala between Imam Hussain and Yazid,” Thakor said while addressing party leaders and workers at the inaugural ceremony of the conclave.
“Time is limited. I pray to Kaliya Thakor (Lord Krishna, the patron deity of Dwarka) to give you strength to fight the BJP. We were not defeated by the British. Who are these people (BJP)?” he questioned to make his point.
Mr Thakor was joined by ex-health minister, Dr Raghu Sharma who lambasted the BJP as a sampradayik takat (communal force). Without naming anyone, Dr Sharma stated: “To hide their failure in tackling Covid-19, PM Modi changed the entire government in Gujarat. He brought in a new face and handed over the remote control of the government to a person who is a suspended constable charged with 109 cases.”