"In the last four years, the arrogant government, intoxicated by power, didn't spare any effort to destroy the Congress", Sonia, who had recently stepped down as party president, said. The main focus of the conclave is the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
She also took a jibe at the BJP-led government's slogans of "Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas" and "Na khaaoonga na khaane doona", saying that it was nothing but "drama and tactic" by the prime minister to garner votes.
In his presidental remarks at the party's 84th Plenary here, Gandhi said the meeting was aimed at setting the future direction not only of the Congress but of the entire country. The SP-BSP front trounced the BJP in a shocking outcome amidst suggestions that opposition parties should put up joint candidates against the BJP-led NDA in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.
"My job is to be a link between the seniors and the youth", Gandhi said to a packed audience of Congress workers and leaders gathered at the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium here.
Gandhi said the party was faced with hard struggle when a new chapter is being added to the glorious history of the party. We all should come together and work under his leadership. "It is Congress Party which takes stand against injustice and raises it voice against it".
"No one can stop Rahul Gandhi (Congress president) from becoming the country's prime minister after the next general polls", Siddaramaiah said.
The Congress Plenary, unequivocally commits to defend the fabric of social unity, secularism and constitutional democracy. Similarly, she said a Congress win in Karnataka assembly elections slated for May would again be a turning point and the "party will similarly rise again". "This is the symbol that holds the country together, shows us the way, and will take India forward", he said. We have to face them with determination.
"And I say from my heart that only the Congress can show the path to the country", Gandhi said to loud cheers.
"The Modi government is not interested in addressing the needs of the poor. It is incompatible with the Constitution and is also impractical", the Congress resolution said.
The resolution also targeted the government on the issue of corruption, referring to over Rs 13,000-crore PNB bank fraud case. "Anything the Congress does will be for all people and no one will be left behind", said the Congress president.
The resolution on agriculture and employment talked about imposing a 5% cess on the incomes of the top 1% richest Indians to create a national poverty alleviation fund.
He tried to showcase Congress party as the only viable solution and alternative to the present Modi government.Mr "The nation is exhausted and looking for a way out, only Congress can show the way ahead..."