Congress president Sonia Gandhi has urged her party men to work in unity, respect allies and practice austerity in their daily life during the inaugural day of the Chintan Shivir at Jaipur.
Addressing the invitees at the chintan shivir Sonia Gandhi looked visibly unhappy with the internal rifts among the party men across the various states where the party is out of power. She said that party workers need to work like one unit. She drew attention towards the ego fights that has made the Party lose ground in states. She said that the party has lost many opportunities the people have willingly given to the Congress just because of the indiscipline.
Sonia Gandhi said that party allies should be kept happy and in confidence while taking crucial decisions. She said that in those states particularly where the party is in alliance with otheres, there is need to strike a fine balance between respecting allies and ensuring that the party rejuvenation is not compromised.
The opposition BJP while reacting on the statement of the Sonia Gandhi said that now it is official that UPA allies are not happy with the Congress.
No doubt, Sonia Gandhi has appealed for unity in the wake of forthcoming general elections in 2014. She has the clear idea that the party's image has gone down in the voters' eyes due to various charges of corruption especially. She knows that the time has come when party leaders and the workers should start working like a team if the party wants to be in power again post 2014 elections.
Meanwhile, union minister and senior leader Jairam Ramesh during the Chintan Shivir has reportedly said that the Congress will not be able to form government on its own in 2014. Party leader Saifuddin Soz supported Ramesh when he too said that there is no doubt that the Congress will be the single largest party but it will be a surprise if Congress gets the majority.