A powerful Congress is a crucial pillar of Opposition unity and its allies ought to perceive that the celebration is not going to permit itself to be weakened, senior chief Jairam Ramesh mentioned on Monday.
Addressing a press convention on the AICC headquarters in Delhi, he mentioned the ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’ has infused new vitality in celebration organisation and claimed that the BJP is rattled by the response it’s getting among the many individuals.
Mr Ramesh mentioned the yatra is geared toward strengthening the Congress, which is necessary for Opposition unity.
“I am happy that after the Bharat Jodo Yatra, everybody has seen that the elephant has awakened, the elephant is moving forward and all parties are seeing what the Congress is doing,” he mentioned.
Noting that statements will hold coming from the BJP and from the Congress allies, Mr Ramesh mentioned Opposition unity will solely be attainable when the Congress is powerful.
“Opposition unity does not mean weakening the Congress. Our allies should also understand that we will not allow ourselves to be weakened further. We will strengthen ourselves. A strong Congress is an important pillar of Opposition unity,” he mentioned.
Bharat Jodo Yatra shouldn’t be for Opposition unity, it’s to strengthen the Congress, Ramesh asserted.
“If it results in Opposition unity, it is good and we welcome it. But our priority is to strengthen the party organisation. To make it more effective,” he mentioned.
In 5 days of the ‘Kanyakumari to Kashmir’ yatra, a complete of 102 kilometres will probably be accomplished by this night, Mr Ramesh mentioned.
“I had said the Bharat Jodo Yatra would not be a Mann Ki Baat but about people’s concerns. I did not know it would also become a concern for the BJP. They are rattled,” the senior Congress chief mentioned, including that the individuals’s response has made the BJP nervous.
“We don’t expect Cabinet ministers to speak the truth…I will not stoop to their level. Will not fall to the level of the home minister (Amit Shah) and some other ministers,” he mentioned in an obvious reference to Shah’s T-shirt barb at Congress chief Rahul Gandhi.
Ramesh mentioned with the yatra in its fifth day having gone via Tamil Nadu and now in Kerala, there’s “new enthusiasm and energy” within the celebration organisation.
“We wanted to rejuvenate our party. New energy and enthusiasm in the party is visible. It has been a good beginning, people’s response is very good,” he mentioned.
“There is a lot of enthusiasm in other states as well,” he added.
Responding to a query on assault and counter assaults between the BJP and the Congress, Ramesh mentioned the RSS and the BJP aren’t prepared for aggressive responses from the Congress.
“If they will be aggressive. We will be double aggressive. But the Bharat Jodo Yatra is to unite people,” he mentioned. PTI ASK AQS AQS