Congress is India's only default option, Rahul tells party members
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Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi is reported to have said on Thursday that India and the Congress share the same DNA, and therefore Congress is India's only default option. He is reported to have made the comment at a day-long closed-door workshop on social media organised by the party.
Sources said Rahul asked partymen to use social media to counter the Opposition's propaganda, but warned against resorting to negative criticism. He is learnt to have argued that tolerance, inclusiveness and brotherhood are the soul of India's culture, and the Congress has imbibed these. In this context, he is learnt to have said that Congress is India's only default option. "If India is a computer, its default programme is the Congress. Congress comes natural to India's ethos," he reportedly said.
Rahul's remarks follow an aggressive attack by the BJP, spearheaded by Gujarat CM Narendra Modi, faulting the UPA government on several fronts — from the economy to foreign policy, corruption and national security in the context of China and Pakistan.
Sources said Rahul underlined the need for "uniformity" in the response of party leaders on any issue. He asked spokespersons to be updated on issues and to back their arguments with content.
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