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Updated: December 25, 2013 02:04 IST

Congress faces testing time, says Chidambaram

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Urges leadership to take stock of the situation and set it right

Worried that the Congress was isolated in Tamil Nadu and was facing a trying time at the national level, Union Finance Minister and senior party leader P. Chidambaram on Tuesday called for speedy efforts to set the situation right and beat back the rising right wing forces.

Addressing party workers here, he said that though the Congress-led UPA government had implemented several development programmes and brought in “revolutionary laws” in the past two years, the party was isolated because of political realignments.

At the same time, the Congress could not compromise on its policies, he said, suggesting that “the party leadership at the national and State levels take stock of the situation and set it right.”

Acknowledging that the BJP had been making moves after projecting a new leader, Mr. Chidambaram said the rise of right wing forces, promoted by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), posed a serious threat to the country.

“The BJP is only one of the many faces of the RSS, and the Congress should be wary of these forces,” he said. “Our real fight is not with the BJP, but with the RSS.”

The right wing and oppressive forces were against the Congress, he said, and the RSS was trying to foster Hindutva and male chauvinism. The Congress was opposed to these forces. “We face a major war in the coming years, and the Congress has to make some very crucial decisions to win it,” he said.

Mr. Chidambaram said changes in party posts were inevitable, and Congressmen should enlist more youths into the party.

In the restructuring of the organisation, elders should give way to youngsters, and this applied to him also, he said.

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Chidhambaram Sir, leaders like you are ruling the country when your winning the election itself was questioned and the case is still pending. How can you become a minister when you are not cleared by the honourable court? Such issues and policies are making the congress party shrink. People are aware of everything now, not like the olden days which was a golden era for congress.

from:  Gnanam
Posted on: Dec 26, 2013 at 07:45 IST

Tamilnadu congress was once boasting that no party could form any ministry in tamilnadu without their support.Now they are almost come to zero level.PC has to think over this and decide about his standing in 2014 elections.If congress could get majority in 2014 elections with alliances he may join through Rajya sabha route.

from:  T.S.gopalakrishnan
Posted on: Dec 25, 2013 at 15:12 IST

Stop corruption, winch hunting on opposition parties. Throw away the dirty tricks department. People know what UPA is doing? They are not foools. UPA will not win even single seat in TN, it is not because of right wing forces but because of wrong policies adopted towards TN in last 3 years.

from:  SRI
Posted on: Dec 25, 2013 at 09:50 IST

What an outrageous statement? PC has started talking as if he is a leftist, about BJP being rightist and a part of the RSS. The one concrete step the Congress should take to regain the confidence of the people is to root out corruption. So long as they don't do this and adopt an ostrich like attitude, PC should know that there is no salvation for the Congress.

from:  S.Ganesh
Posted on: Dec 25, 2013 at 07:04 IST
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