New Delhi, December 28: Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Thursday reiterated that the party will continue to fight for the truth even if it loses. Addressing party leaders and workers on Congress’s 133rd Foundation day, the Amethi MP said, “What is happening today in or country is a web of deceit. The BJP operates on the basic idea that lies can be used for political benefit and it is the difference between us and them. We might suffer, we might not do well, we might even lose but we will not give up on the truth. We will defend the truth.”
Wishing every Congress leader and worker on the party’s foundation day, the Gandhi scion said, “The Constitution, the foundation of our country is under threat, is under attack directly, statements are being made by senior members of BJP and it is under attack surreptitiously from the back. It is our duty, duty of Congress party and every single Indian to defend it.”
The remarks came after Union Minister Anant Kumar Hegde hinted at changing the Constitution. Speaking at an event in Karnataka, Hegde had said he respects the Constitution but “it will be changed in the days to come”.
Hegde’s controversial remarks created uproar in Parliament on Wednesday leading to adjournments. “Opposition parties are of the opinion that any minister who does not believe in the Constitution should have no place in the council of ministers. It is for the prime minister to take a call on him. Either Hegde should apologise in both Houses and to the nation or the prime minister should take a decision on whether such people should continue,” Azad said.
Rahul unfurled the flag at the All India Congress Comittee headquarters in the national capital at the ceremony attended by senior party leaders Manmohan Singh, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Motilal Vohra, Janardhan Dwivedi among others. He distributed sweets among children as well.
On 28 December 1885, 72 social reformers, journalists and lawyers congregated for the first session of the Indian National Union at Gokuldas Tejpal Sanskrit College, Bombay; the conference was renamed as the Indian National Congress.