Gujarat: Independent MLA declares support to BJP

Even as the meeting remained dominated by emotional farewell speeches for former party president Sonia Gandhi, the new party chief attempted to keep the focus on two issues - exposing the Modi model of development and strengthening internal democracy within the party. The CWC, which met on Friday evening under chairmanship of Mr Rahul Gandhi, also thanked Mrs Sonia Gandhi for providing her able guidance to the party all these years and leading the Congress party through challenging times and hard situations to safeguard and uphold the Congress ideology and commitment to an inclusive and constitutional democracy.

On Thursday, a special CBI court said investigators had failed to prove allegations that 2G or second generation spectrum was allocated out-of-turn at cheaper rates in exchange for bribes when the Congress was in power and DMK's A Raja was telecom minister. Read Also: Gujarat Assembly Election 2017 Results: 12 seats go to Congress despite Narendra Modi's rallies "It was disappointing that we lost but it was pleasing to see the Congress party fight hatred and anger with respect, love and courage. Our party played a very positive role in keeping everybody together", he added. And then we also saw how in their desperation, the Prime Minister himself accused Dr Manmohan Singh of complete blatant falsehood and a lie.

The alleged scam relates to the granting of 2G spectrum licence allocations in 2007-08, which caused, according to a report by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India, a loss of Rs 1.76 lakh crore to the public exchequer. Mr Modi, Mr Jaitley and the BJP leadership should come forward to own up their sinister maligning machinations and apologize to the nation, " the CWC said.

With Congress facing stiff electoral challenges, the CWC urged Rahul Gandhi to energise the party organisation at the earliest, while he also mentioned the challenges for the party in the assembly polls next year. "I agree. We will ensure discipline is enforced and the party is strengthened", Gandhi reportedly told the meeting.

He further said that the manner in which Congress campaigned for Gujarat has made the country think that they were not campaigning for elections but were on a temple run.

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