Congress meet to discuss challenges


New Delhi, May 12 (UNI) The challenges before the Congress party and the country are the same, party's chief spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said on Thursday, a day before a three-day brainstorming camp begins at Udaipur in Rajasthan. Talking about the Chintan Shivir camp, Surjewala said: "In these trying times, when 'Divide and Rule; has become the state policy, we resolve to re-dedicate ourselves to 'Nav Sankalp', that is, to once again propel India onto the path of progress, prosperity and societal harmony. "The challenges before the country and challenges before Congress are interlinked as they ultimately reflect upon the ethos of India which the current dispensation has assaulted... and all this needs to be looked at," he told the media. "The challenges before the nation are challenges faced by each one of us... For the country to move ahead, those challenges need to be addressed... "BJP has presented its own set of principles which are founded upon targeting the minorities, Muslims, Sikhs, Christians and creating a fear psychosis among the majority vis-a-vis the minority, that is the policy they are now following officially," Surjewala said. "It also warrants that elections will no longer be fought on issues of progress, prosperity, peace, schools, colleges, universities, infrastructure, power stations, MSMEs, jobs.... but they will be fought on bulldozer, loudspeaker, Shamshan vs Kabristan... This is a serious threat to the very existence of the country..." He said Congress leaders will discuss at the camp how these challenges will be dealt with. "How is Congress going to address this new challenge? What are the organisational weaknesses the Congress has? What course correction the Congress needs to take... What is the new way forward and new milestones that Congress has to traverse?" He said the Congress wants to "introspect, contemplate and reflect" both on their failures and successes as an organisation. "The nation is facing an unprecedented crisis. We have to not just evaluate our situation, but bring changes required for the present times," he said. The Congress has identified six groups to examine and submit their primary reports on actionables for the political situation, social justice and empowerment, economy, organizational reforms, farmers and youth. These groups will present their first impressions for a conclusive discussion during the Chintan Shivir. The 430 invitees to Chintan Shivir will be divided among different groups and they will discuss and deliberate over a period of three days, various facets and challenges, in order to lay down a road map. The conclusions will be presented to the Congress President, and thereafter to the Congress Working Committee, for final shape and approval. "The road map will provide a way forward not only for the Congress Party to meet up with the current set of reverses and challenges, but will also pave the way for a resilient, strong and inclusive nation," Surjewala added.