'Beleaguered' Congress to bank upon Nehru's legacy to regain lost sheen

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Congress' big revival plan in the offing
New Delhi, Oct 31: In an attempt to boost a demoralised party cadre due to successive losses in Lok Sabha and recently concluded assembly polls, the Congress is planning to reaffirm its faith in the Nehruvian vision. The party has reportedly planned celebration of former Prime Minister Pt Jawaharlal Nehru's 125th birth anniversary on Nov 14.

Party led by its chief Sonia Gandhi, would gather at the AICC headquarters on the day, would participate in a pledge ceremony to renew their faith in Nehru. The same pledge will be administered in all state headquarters down to the district level.

The Congress has even formed a committee chaired by senior leader Shiela Dikshit for Nehru's 125th birth anniversary celebrations is taking a final shape, says a report published in TOI.

By doing so the party wants to tackle its rival BJP which had attacked the Congress ignoring all but Nehru-Gandhi family leaders.

During his poll campaigns, PM Narendra Modi had attacked the Congress for its misrule and held every leader from the Nehru-Gandhi family responsible for country's present situation. Modi, throughout his campaigns, had called for 'Congress Mukt Bharat'.

To Congress' shock and dismay, the PM even invoked 'Chacha Nehru' and Indira when he asked the children to participate in his ambitious "Swachh Bharat Campaign" between Nov 14 and Nov 19.

PM Modi has reconstituted the National Committee to commemorate the 125th birth anniversary of Jawaharlal Nehru. The 31-member committee will be chaired by the PM himself but no Congress leader was included in it. This gave the Congress a chance to attack BJP and Modi.

As per a TOI report, a senior leader said the salience of Congress function would be the renewal of the Nehruvian vision that the BJP regime is inimical to.

Congress will reiterate "social inclusion" and "pluralism" as Nehru's principles and attack the BJP-led government on both counts - poor and minorities.

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