The Congress debated the political response to the BJP’s hardline Hindutva for two days during its ongoing “Chintan Shivir” here.
There seemed to be a split over this with the veterans on their side and the younger group looking for a softer position.
Many veterans were of the view that Congress should adhere to its strong secular character with an inclusive agenda to counter the BJP and instead refrain from trying to strike at the BJP’s turf, which could be counterproductive. indicated sources.
Younger people, on the other hand, are more apprehensive about toeing the soft line of indulging and participating in religious programs.
No definitive opinion has been taken, but Uttar Pradesh leaders have suggested the party should participate in religious programs so it is not isolated, sources said.
However, the centrists have argued that Rahul Gandhi’s visit to the temples did not yield any desired results and that it will be good to stick to his core secular ideology which the party can embrace and counter the BJP.
After all the debates, the CWC resolution will indicate what Congress has decided tonight, but the CWC is unlikely to approve such proposals – one of the Secretaries-General during informal talks revealed that when the speech to take Ayodhya’s credit was offered by someone and refused.
In her inaugural address to the “Chintan Shivir” Congress on Friday, Sonia Gandhi targeted the BJP and alleged that the party “constantly plays the game of polarization and instills fear in the public”.
She said: “Now it has become abundantly and painfully clear what Prime Minister Modi and his colleagues really mean by their slogan maximum governance, minimum government. It means keeping the country in a permanent state of polarization, forcing people to live in a constant state of fear and insecurity, viciously targeting, victimizing and often brutalizing minorities who are an integral part of our society and are equal citizens of our Republic.