Hyderabad: The AICC general secretary, Mr Ghulam Nabi Azad, on Sunday said no force in the world can stop the UPA and the Congress from staging a comeback in 2014 both at the Centre and in Andhra Pradesh.
Speaking at the party’s brainstorming session at the LB Stadium on Sunday, Mr Azad said that when giant economies such as the United States, UK and others, are suffering from a financial crisis and cutting down government expenditure, India in contrast is spending several lakh crores of rupees on welfare which alone will bring the party back to power in the next election.
He said that when the Congress was in the Opposition before 2004, he had taken charge of party affairs in Andhra Pradesh and organised year-long programmes that resulted in many MPs and MLAs winning in the 2004 election.
“Now, in a year’s time you have to take everyone along with you, have better coordination between leaders and cadres,” Mr Azad said.
The AICC general secretary, Mr Ghulam Nabi Azad, on Sunday said that he was confident of the party coming back to power in the state and Centre.
“I believe no one can stop the Congress coming back to power for a third term in 2014. The Congress is not weak. We are committed to welfare of people and development of the country. We are second to none; in fact, no political party in the country has done as much as the Congress has. People are aware of all these things and they will support the party forever,” Mr Azad said.
Showing that he was aware of the problems in the state, he cautioned that coordination was essential and no one should be complacent. He spent most of his 25-minute speech detailing every welfare scheme of UPA-1 and UPA-2 and said that this must be explained to the people.
Union minister for tourism K. Chiranjeevi, who also spoke on the occasion, criticised the Telugu Desam and the YSR Congress for trying to weaken the Congress government in the state. “One leader has amassed wealth and built a corrupt empire and is languishing in jail, and another leader who earlier welcomed FDI (foreign direct investment) is now opposing it. We should expose their dubious politics and work to bring the Congress back to power,” he said.
Mr Chirnajeevi said that those who got benefits because of Congress presdient Sonia Gandhi, are now trying to topple the Congress government in the state. He said he had merged his Praja Rajyam with the Congress for the sake of social justice. After joining he realised that the Congress government, both at the centre and in the state, has been delivering equal justice to all sections of society.
He also said there is no dearth of young leaders in the Congress and with Rahul Gandhi at the helm of the party’s affairs, much could be expected from the Congress.