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Inclusiveness is not a poll ploy: Sonia

A. M. Jigeesh Jaipur | Updated on March 12, 2018

SONIA

The brain storming session of the Congress, named Chintan Shivir, started here on Friday . The top leadership of the party, with about 165 young delegates from across the country, will discuss the various political, social and economic challenges the Congress and the UPA Government face at present.

Inaugurating the three-day meet, party president, Sonia Gandhi, hoped that the session will help the party to "introspect and look ahead" and to "clarify and consolidate" its positions.

She said inclusiveness is not a political ploy for the Congress to win elections or run Governments. "Inclusiveness is anchored in our conviction. It is not the outcome of any compulsion as it may be for some of our political opponents," she said.

Admitting that the party is facing increased competition in its traditional bases, she said "revolutionary programmes" of the UPA Government is not translating into votes in some States and the party will have to think about it.

She said the Congress must proactively take up the causes of those who protest relating to land, forest, water and livelihood. She urged the partymen to understand gender issues in a better way. She said middle class should not be allowed to get alienated from the political process.

>jigeesh.am@thehindu.co.in

Published on January 18, 2013

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