With all eyes on Congress presidential polls, senior party leader Rahul Gandhi on Thursday spoke about the Grand Old Party’s ideology and belief system. Rahul Gandhi said that the decision on ‘one person, one post’ is be expected to be followed.
Rahul Gandhi was addressing a press conference in Kerala during the party’s ongoing Bharat Jodo Yatra.
Here are the top takeaways from Rahul Gandhi’s speech:
ONE MAN, ONE POST
On Thursday, Rahul Gandhi said that the party will follow ‘one person, one post’.
“What we had decided in Udaipur (one person, one post) is a commitment of Congress and I expect that commitment will be maintained (on party's presidential post),” said Congress MP Rahul Gandhi.
However, a day before, Congress election authority chief Madhusudan Mistry spoke about the upcoming election for the party’s presidential post and said, “In our constitution, there is nothing like one man, one post. Anyone can contest the election.”
Madhusudan Mistry’s remark came days after party MP Shashi Tharoor and Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot threw their hats in the ring for the election.
CONGRESS PRESIDENT POST DEFINES INDIA'S VIEW
When asked for a piece of advice that he would give to the future Congress president, Rahul Gandhi said, "Remember you represent the vision of India." Rahul Gandhi said the Congress president was not just an organisational position, it is an ideological post and a belief system.
Rahul Gandhi said, "You're taking a historic position which defines a particular view of India. Congress president is an ideological post. You represent a set of ideas, a belief system and vision of India."
ON CONTESTING CONGRESS PRESIDENTIAL POLLS
Amid the growing clamour for Rahul Gandhi to be made the party chief, with eight state units of the principal opposition party having passed resolutions, the Wayanad MP said, “I have made my position clear and I will stick to it.”
Rahul Gandhi has so far held the card close to his chest as far as the Congress President poll is concerned.
ON BHARAT JODO YATRA
Talking about the need for the Bharat Jodo Yatra, which started in Tamil Nadu on September 7, Rahul Gandhi said, “We are fighting a machine that has captured the institutional framework of this country, that has unlimited money and ability to buy, pressurise and threaten people. The outcome of that is what you’ve seen in Goa.”
The Congress MP said that the idea that is pushing the Bharat Jodo Yatra ahead is an India that is not at war with itself. Rahul Gandhi said, "The yatra is to tell the people of India that they need to be united. They need to go back to an India which was loving and affectionate towards itself."
"The success of this yatra is based on a couple of ideas. An idea that India which is united, an India which is not at war with itself, and an India that is not filled with hate," he added.
ZERO TOLERANCE FOR COMMUNALISM
In a major crackdown against the Popular Front of India (PFI), the National Investigation Agency (NIA) and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) carried out searches at multiple locations in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh, Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and other states.
When asked about raids on PFI offices and leaders' residences, Congress MP Rahul Gandhi said, "All forms of communalism and violence, regardless of where they come from, are the same and should be combated. There should be zero tolerance."