People put faith in Congress, gave befitting reply to dictatorial forces: Kharge

It is a decisive rejection of the politics of the last 10 years: Kharge at CWC meet

Mallikarjun Kharge and Rahul Gandhi Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge with party leader Rahul Gandhi during the extended Congress Working Committee meeting, in New Delhi on June 8, 2024 | PTI

Addressing the Congress Working Committee meeting in New Delhi on Saturday, party president Mallikarjun Kharge said India has spoken against anti-Constitutional forces.

"People have spoken against the dictatorial and anti-democratic ways of the ruling party. It is a decisive rejection of the politics of the last 10 years. It is rejection of the politics of divisiveness, hate and polarisation," the Congress chief said.

Kharge began his speech, pointing out that while celebrating the party's resurgence, Congress should also look into why it failed to live up to expectations in some states. "Further, we could not repeat our performance in states where we had previously done well in Vidhan Sabha elections and formed the government," Kharge said, adding that separate discussions on each such state will be held soon.

"We have to take urgent remedial measures. These are states which have traditionally favoured the Congress, where we have opportunities which we have to harness not for our own advantage but for the benefit of our people. This exercise I propose to hold very soon," he said.

Kharge said whether the party is in power or not, its work continues among people "24 hours, 365 days". “We accept this Lok Sabha poll verdict with genuine humility,” Kharge added. “We must remain disciplined, united; people have reposed faith back in us, we must build on it.”

"I want to draw your attention to the fact that wherever Bharat Jodo Yatra went we saw an increase in the vote percentage and number of seats for the Congress party," he further said.

He said the party added seats in SC, ST, OBC, minority and rural areas but must work to create impact among urban voters. Kharge pointed out that the Congress won both seats in Manipur besides victories in Assam, Nagaland and Meghalaya. "We emerged as the single-largest party in Maharashtra," he said.

Kharge lauded the victories recorded by fellow members of the INDIA bloc allies, saying the alliance should continue and that the Congress will work with allies inside and outside Parliament. "INDIA bloc allies worked as a team, must remember we can defeat any opponent with diligence, determination,” said the Congress chief.

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