Participating in a first major meeting since being defeated in the parliamentary elections at the hands of Modi-led alliance, Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Saturday said the party still has 52 lawmakers in parliament and “will fight the BJP every day”.
He said it while addressing the party’s lawmakers on Saturday.
“You have to understand who you are first. You are fighting for every single Indian. Hatred cowardice and anger is fighting against you… You have to be more aggressive,” said Rahul Gandhi, who has been in sort of self-exile since results of the National Elections were declared, saying people of India have rejected him.
Since party veteran Mallikarjun Kharge, who was leader of the Congress in the last Lok Sabha, has lost the election this time in Karnataka’s Gulbarga, it remain dicey who will replace him.
In what looked as a reference to the missing members, Mr Gandhi said, “I would be happy if the old faces were here and they are ideologically with us. We will try and rejuvenate ourselves and we can do it”.
Several of the party’s senior leaders have also lost as the Congress got decimated by the BJP.
The party in these general elections won only 52 seats – marginally better than the 44 it had could win in 2014 which was the party’s worst ever defeat.