The completion of four years of the Congress regime in Rajasthan provided an opportunity to Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot here on Wednesday to launch a scathing attack on the Opposition Bharatiya Janata Party which, he said, was “defunct in the State” and had leaders who knew nothing “except corruption and misrule.”

“There is no alternative to Congress in Rajasthan and in the [entire] country. We practise what we preach. Our strength lies in our secular ideology and unity of our workers,” Mr. Gehlot said while addressing a convention marking the State government’s fourth anniversary at the Pradesh Congress Committee headquarters here.

‘No compromise with

communal forces’

Mr. Gehlot said the Congress had never compromised with the “communal forces” which had “vitiated the atmosphere” in the country and “misled” common people by raising emotional issues such as Ram temple and cow slaughter: “These forces forget their own agenda when they come to power.”

The convention was dedicated to the theme, “Four years of development and public welfare in Rajasthan.” Similar events were organised by the District Congress Committees at all district headquarters to mobilise support for a massive party rally being planned here for December 28.

State Cabinet members, Congress MLAs and party office-bearers and workers attended the convention in large numbers. Mr. Gehlot made a special reference to the Nehru-Gandhi family on the occasion and affirmed that the sacrifice of Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi and “renunciation” of party president Sonia Gandhi continue to inspire the countrymen.

Mr. Gehlot listed the achievements of his government during the past four years, while affirming that a sensitive, transparent and responsive administration had served the people and redressed their grievances. He called upon the party workers to study the literature published on the regime’s achievements and apprise the people of its success on different fronts.

The Chief Minister said the “Chintan Shivir” (brainstorming camp) of the Congress to be organised in the State Capital next month would strengthen the party’s beliefs and principles.


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