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AICC plenary session UPDATES | Mallikarjun Kharge says 

(The New Indian Express): 

Congress President Rahul Gandhi delivered a short inaugural address on the second day of the party's plenary session today at the Constitution Club in New Delhi, his first since he took over the reins of the grand old party last December. READ FULL REPORT HERE

Gandhi said that this is the only symbol (Congress party symbol) that can unite the nation and take it forward. He remarked that today the nation was being divided on small issues, and all identities were being threatened. He said, “They (BJP) use anger, we use love but one thing that I want to say is that this country belongs to everyone and whatever Congress will do will be for the benefit for all.”

The meet was attended by Congress chief ministers, state Congress presidents and Congress legislature party leaders from all states. Former prime minister Manmohan Singh and former party president Sonia Gandhi were also present.

Yesterday, as Chandrababu Naidu’s no-confidence motion and Arvind Kejriwal’s abject apology trended on the news circuits, the Indian National Congress began the pre-plenary session meet, primarily to set the party’s agenda for 2019, as also to steer its internal structural reforms.

Gandhi will present the Congress vision document and the political roadmap for the party. The document will act as a “guiding light” to help party workers upstage the BJP from power at the Centre in 2019 and in some key states where elections are slated later this year.

HERE ARE UPDATES

12:20 pm – Kharge adds, “Congress party led India to independence and helped establish democracy. It was democracy which brought PM Modi to power but, ironically, his government itself has now become a threat to democracy.”

12:15 pm – “Congress party belongs to everyone who lives in this nation. With the visionary leadership of Shri Jawaharlal Nehru, Congress set up large-scale industries, irrigation projects and pushed the economy forward.”

Mallikarjun Kharge at the Congress plenary | (Twitter Photo@INCIndia)

12:10 pm – Inspired by Mahatma Gandhi, the Congress reached out to people across the country, inspired them to rise above all barriers, and mobilized them to form the world's biggest movement for independence: Mallikarjun Kharge

12:00 pm – Veteran Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge delivers the political resolution of the party at the plenary.

10:52 am – Rahul Gandhi concludes his brief address. He will next speak at the conclusion of the plenary tomorrow at 4:30 pm. 

10:50 am – Only the Congress party can lead the country in that new direction, says Rahul Gandhi.

10:48 am – They (BJP) use anger, we use love but one thing that I want to say is that this country belongs to everyone and whatever Congress will do will be for the benefit for all: Rahul Gandhi

10:47 am – I thank all senior Congress members present here today. They have fought for the ideals of the party to keep our dreams alive: Rahul Gandhi

10:46 am – Says Rahul Gandhi, “Today, the nation is being divided on small issues, our identities are being threatened.”

10:46 am – He remarks on the current political climate in the country and says it is time for a new direction, a new vision. He brings up the farmers crisis and the unemployment problem.

10:45 am – Rahul Gandhi begins his speech.

Rahul Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi and Manmohan Singh at the Congress plenary session ahead of Rahul's address (EPS | Shekhar Yadav)

10:00 am – Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi have arrived at the meet. Senior leaders are already present. Sources say former chief Sonia Gandhi is likely to recede into the background. “She’ll not want to overshadow” her son in any way, even though the art of alliance making, which will either make or mar 2019 for the Congress, has been left to her.

9:30 am – The party announced that Rahul Gandhi's official Twitter handle has changed from @OfficeofRG to @RahulGandhi.

The session assumes importance as it will be the first after Gandhi's presidentship and the first to be held with a new leader in two decades.

9:00 am – The session is set to commence soon.

The venue of the Congress party's plenary session ahead of Rahul Gandhi's speech (EPS | Shekhar Yadav)

March 16 – Rahul Gandhi and his mother Sonia at the first day of the plenary session yesterday in New Delhi. READ FULL REPORT HERE

(PTI Photo)

READ | Senior Congress leaders give final shape to draft resolutions for 2019 Lok Sabha poll

At the three-day brainstorming plenary session (March 16-19), the Congress party will pass four resolutions — one each on the political and economic fronts, another on foreign policy and the fourth on agriculture and unemployment. Its primary focus will, however, be to devise strategies to tackle the BJP ahead of the 2019 elections and to chalk out a new vision for the grand old party.

(With inputs from Express News Service and agencies)

(This story has not been edited by N24 staff and is The Indian Express auto-generated from a RSS feed.)

Published Date: Saturday, March 17th, 2018 | 12:45 PM

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