NEW DELHI,18.10.20-18 October, 2020-Please accept my good wishes on your new responsibilities as General Secretaries, Incharges as also members and invitees in the reconstituted Congress Working Committee.

Persistent and determined struggle for the cause of people is the heart and soul of Indian National Congress. Even today, dedicated service of fellow citizens and determined fight against the injustice, inequity and discrimination in all spheres is the guiding light for every Congress men and women.

Your responsibility is even more onerous and important as our democracy is passing through its most tumultuous times. There is a designed attack on our Constitution and our democratic traditions. Our country is ruled by a Government, which is systematically bartering the interests of our citizens at the altar of profiteering by handful of Crony Capitalists.

The current BJP Govt. has attacked the very foundation of our resilient agrarian economy by bringing in three anti-agriculture Black Laws. A conspiracy has been hatched to defeat the gains of ‘Green Revolution’. Lives and livelihoods of crores of farm laborers, lease hold farmers, small and marginal farmers, toiling laborers & small shopkeepers are under attack. It is our solemn duty to join hands to defeat this sinister conspiracy.

The country was pushed into the abyss of Corona pandemic by sheer ineptitude and mismanagement of Modi Govt. All this happened as we witnessed the biggest unplanned, unmanaged & cruel migration of crores of migrant laborers as Govt. remained a mute spectator to their miseries. The stark truth is that a Prime Minster, who promised to defeat Corona within 21 days, has abdicated his and his Govt’s responsibility towards the citizens. There is neither a plan nor strategic thinking, solution or way ahead in the fight against Corona.

BJP Govt. has simultaneously demolished our economy, built painstakingly by the hard work of fellow Indians and the vision of successive Congress Governments. Never has the country witnessed such a free-fall in GDP as also all other economic indices. Today, the young have no jobs. Nearly 14 Crore jobs have been lost. Small and Medium businesses, small shopkeepers and other small enterprises are shutting at an unprecedented pace, yet an uncaring Govt. remains a mute spectator. So much so, Government of India is now failing to honor even its Constitutional responsibilities. The share of GST compensation is being denied to the States. How will the State Governments help our people, if GOI was to renege on its Constitutional obligations? This must be a first example of economic anarchy being spread by the Central Government.

Atrocities on Dalits have reached a new zenith. Instead of honoring the law and granting adequate protection to India’s daughters, BJP Govt’s are siding with the criminals. The voice of oppressed families is being suppressed by the agencies of the State. Is this the new ‘Raj Dharma’?

To take on these challenges and stand with the people is what defines the Congress organization. I am confident that all of you would toil hard and stand up to the forces attacking India and its people. Let us join hands to defeat the anti-democracy and autocratic designs of the ruling BJP.

Jai Hind!