Sonia urges Congress leaders to override personal ambitions
NEW DELHI, Oct 26: Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday urged Congress state chiefs to focus on discipline and unity "overriding personal ambitions", in a sharp message as the party battles public infighting in states like Punjab and Chhattisgarh.
The Congress president also commented on what she called "a lack of clarity and cohesion" among state level leaders, reflecting the party's big worry over its disarray ahead of various states polls.
"I would like to reemphasise the paramount need for discipline and unity. What should matter to each and every one of us is the strengthening of the organisation. This must override personal ambitions. In this lies both collective and individual success," Sonia Gandhi, 74, said in her opening statement at a meeting of state Congress chiefs.
Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Rahul Gandhi also attended the meeting.
Sonia Gandhi urged party leaders to fight what she called the "diabolical campaign" of the ruling BJP and its mentor RSS or Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh ideologically. "We must do so with conviction and expose their lies before the people if we are to win this battle," she stressed. On this, she expressed concern that the party's policies on issues facing the nation did not trickle down to the lowest rung. -NDTV