New Delhi, Feb 8: Seeing “winds of change” after the Gujarat Assembly and Rajasthan by-elections, Congress leader Sonia Gandhi on Thursday said her party will work with like-minded parties to defeat the BJP in the next general elections which she felt could be held early. She also expressed confidence that the party would retain power in the Kartaka Assembly elections.
“As for myself, as Chairperson of the Congress Parliamentary Party, I will work with the Congress President and other colleagues in discussions with like-minded political parties to ensure that in the next election the BJP is defeated and India is restored to a democratic, inclusive, secular, tolerant and economically progressive path,” Gandhi said addressing the Congress Parliamentary Party here.
Referring to the recent bye-elections in Rajasthan, which the party swept, and the Gujarat Assembly polls where it put up a creditable performance, Gandhi said: “We performed very creditably under tough circumstances in Gujarat and the (victories in the) just held by-elections in Rajasthan were huge. This shows that the winds of change are coming. “I am sure that very soon the election results in Kartaka too will underline the resurgence of the Congress,” she added.
Extending her son Rahul Gandhi best wishes in his new role as the party chief and acknowledging that he was now also her boss, Gandhi said that the process of the party’s revival has started under Rahul Gandhi.
Sonia Gandhi hoped that the party workers and leaders would work with Rahul Gandhi with the same dedication as they did with her in her long tenure of 19 years. “We have elected a new Congress President and on your behalf and on my own, I wish him all the very best. He is now my boss, too. Let there be no doubt about that - and I know that all of you will work with him with the same dedication, loyalty and enthusiasm as you did with me.“I am confident that we will work cohesively under his leadership to revive our party’s fortunes. That process has begun,” she said. (IANS)