Priyanka Gandhi, Ghulam Nabi Azad, A.K Antony and other Congress leaders during the flag hoisting ceremony on the occasion of party's 136th Foundation Day at the AICC headquarters in New Delhi, on 28 December | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint
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New Delhi: Congress President Sonia Gandhi and former party chief Rahul Gandhi on Monday gave the party’s 136th Foundation Day event a miss with senior party leader A K Antony unfurling the flag at the AICC headquarters here.

A number of senior party functionaries were present at the meeting, inclding AICC general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra.

Others present included some of the “letter-writers” like Ghulam Nabi Azad and Anand Sharma, who had sought an organisational overhaul in the party, besides Sachin Pilot who revolted against the Congress government in Rajasthan sometime ago.

While Sonia Gandhi has been avoiding attending public events, Rahul Gandhi left on a short personal visit abroad only on Sunday.

Later speaking to reporters, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra said the government should listen to the voice of farmers and should not dub the agitation as a “political conspiracy”.

Thousands of farmers are camping on Delhi’s borders to press for the repeal of three new central agriculture laws.

“To say that this is a political conspiracy is wrong. I feel that the words being used for farmers are a sin. The government is answerable to the farmers and the government should talk to the farmers and take back the laws,” she said.

She said the jawans protecting the country’s borders are the sons of farmers and the government should understand that the farmers are the ‘annadatas’ (food givers) of the country.

She did not answer queries on Rahul Gandhi’s absence.

Rahul Gandhi left for abroad on Sunday afternoon on a short personal visit and would be away for a few days.

The party has not disclosed the location where Gandhi is travelling, but according to sources he has left for Milan.

Also read: Rahul Gandhi is abroad on a ‘short personal visit’, will be away for a few days — Congress


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  1. So what’s the big deal if I (Pappu) & my Mummy ji skip the foundation day? Their servants can celebrate it.
    I was busy planning my little holiday in Italy. I’ve already tweeted to the “farmer protesters” ki “Badhe Chalo”. What more can I do?
    Oh …….. this Chaiwallah Prime Minister is so irritating!!! He makes some speech called “Maan ki Baat” which I don’t understand, but it resonates with the unwashed masses…… These unwashed Indians can all drink chai as far as I am concerned.
    And Mummy needs to rest – big deal yaar, what’s this silly Foundation day event anyway? When is the new year’s party?

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