BJP is not acknowledging non-alignment foreign policy: Sonia Gandhi

BJP is not acknowledging non-alignment foreign policy: Sonia Gandhi

New Delhi: Congress Interim President Sonia Gandhi, in the Congress Parliamentary Party (CPP) meeting on Tuesday, indicated the ruling BJP has accepted and followed 'non-alignment' in foreign policy without acknowledging it.

As the Budget Session is underway, the opposition Congress held a CPP meeting to discuss strategies and issues to be raised in the session. 

Addressing the parliamentarians Sonia Gandhi said,  "The value of non-alignment as a foundational principle of the nation’s foreign policy that was criticized so much has now, I am glad to note, been rediscovered even though it may not be acknowledged as such". 

Gandhi said the party's revival is essential for democracy and society.  "The CWC has met once to review our performance. I have met with other colleagues too. I have received many suggestions on how to strengthen our organization. Many are pertinent and I am working on them," Mrs Gandhi said today.

"Our revival is not just a matter of importance to us alone—it is, in fact, essential for our democracy itself and indeed for our society as well", said Sonia Gandhi.

"Our dedication and determination, our spirit of resilience is under severe test. Unity at all levels of our vast organisation is of paramount importance and speaking for myself, I am determined to do whatever is needed to ensure it", she added.

Congress party has lost all five recently concluded assembly elections. BJP won Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur. Congress failed o retain power against Aam Adami Party (AAP) in Punjab.    

The Congress had won only two seats in the 403-member Uttar Pradesh Assembly, and its vote share declined to less than 2.50 per cent. In comparison, the party had won seven seats and had garnered 6.25 per cent of the vote in the 2017 elections.