NEW DELHI: It was a statement of admission as Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi on Monday acknowledged that there are no magic wands for her party’s revival of fortune.
Sonia Gandhi was speaking at the Congress Working Committee meeting ahead of the party’s three-day Chintan Shivir in Udaipur, Rajasthan from May 13 to 15.
Speaking at the meeting, Sonia Gandhi said, “I request for your full cooperation in ensuring that the single overriding message of unity, cohesion, determination and commitment to our party’s accelerated revival goes forth loud and clear from Udaipur.”
“There are no magic wands. It is only selfless work, discipline and a sense of consistent collective purpose that will enable us to demonstrate our tenacity and resilience,” the Congress leader said.
Besides Sonia, her son Rahul Gandhi and senior party leaders Ajay Maken, Mallikarjun Kharge, Jairam Ramesh, Harish Rawat and several others attended the meeting.
Sonia Gandhi said that the party has been good to each and every one of us and now it is time to repay the debt.
“Now is the time to repay that debt in full measure. Self-criticism is of course needed in our party forums. But this should not be done in a manner that self-confidence and morale are eroded and an atmosphere of gloom and doom becomes all-pervasive,” she appealed.
Sonia Gandhi said that the Chintan Shivir should not become a ritual and added that it should herald a restructured organisation to meet the ideological, electoral and managerial challenges ahead.
“I am determined that it should herald a restructured organization to meet the many ideological, electoral and managerial challenges we confront,” she said.
Congress had last month announced that the ‘Chintan Shivir’, a three-day brainstorming session, would be held in Udaipur, where over 400 party leaders from across the country will discuss internal issues and a roadmap to revamp the party.