At Congress Chintan Shivir, Sonia Gandhi takes partymen to task over 'opportunities lost', speaks up for middle-class
With the Lok Sabha polls just a little more than a year away, Gandhi today said party's revival in weak states should not not be compromised at the altar of alliance politics.
In a candid admission in her opening speech at the 2-day "Chintan Shivir" (brainstorming conclave) that Congress was facing "increased competition and inroads" into its traditional base, she said "unity and discipline" was the need of the hour in the party.
She formed five separate groups, including one on "emerging political challenges" headed by A K Antony in which P Chidamaram is a participant, for deeper discussion.
Ahead of the start of the start of the conclave, there was a clamour from senior leaders for Rahul Gandhi to play a larger role in the organisation.
Seeking "free, fearless and frank views" from the participants, Gandhi surprisingly made a reference to the "growing educated and middle classes", an apparent message to the party to woo them.
Gandhi, who is also the Chairperson