On its 134th foundation day on Friday, the Congress invoked the words and beliefs of Sardar Patel, Sarojini Naidu and Indira Gandhi among others, and reaffirmed its resolve to continue espousing the cause for justice, equality, non-violence, unity, freedom and dialogue.
The grand old party took to Twitter and reiterated that, “Over the last 134 years of Congress history, we have stood for justice, equality, non-violence, unity, freedom and, above all, dialogue. For all the years to come, we will continue to uphold these values and stand with the people of our country.”
Quoting Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, the first Home Minister of India, the party said on Twitter, “A core value of the Congress Party is non-violence. An ideal preached and practised by our leaders, it continues to resonate with us today in our actions.”
In another tweet, underlining importance of love and sacrifice, the party quoted famous freedom fighter Sarojini Naidu, saying:
“A country’s greatness is in its undying ideals of love and sacrifice.”
Reiterating that sacrifice for the country is of utmost importance to the party, Congress quoted former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. “As long as there is breath in me, my life will be spent in service of the nation,” it said.
“Sacrifice for the nation stands above all else for the Congress party. From the time of our foundation, through the Indian Independence movement and for all the days to come, India comes first,” added the party.
Party president Rahul Gandhi paid tribute to the founding members of the Congress party also. He took to the Twitter to say: “On Congress Foundation Day, let us celebrate and acknowledge the selfless service and contributions of millions of Congress workers who have helped build and sustain the party.”
The event at the Congress’ headquarters was attended by senior party leaders, including Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and former Defence Minister AK Antony. Top party leaders like Ahmed Patel, Ghulam Nabi Azad and Motilal Vora were present on the occasion.
One of the oldest political outfits in the world, the Congress was founded by British civil servant Allan Octavian Hume in 1885. A celebrated ornithologist, Hume is considered as “the Father of Indian Ornithology.”