Sonia's leadership led to a resurgent party: Congress



New Delhi: The Congress on Monday hailed Sonia Gandhi, who completed 12 years as party president, saying her leadership has been marked by a resurgent Congress with focus on values and moral dimensions in politics.

"This has been a journey of solid achievements, new peaks, social inclusion -- a journey of resurgent Congress with focus on values and moral dimensions in politics," party spokesman Abhishek Singhvi told reporters here.

He said the 12 years of Gandhi's stewardship was marked by six years of governance at the Centre and today, there are 11 Congress-ruled states.

Referring to the UPA being voted back to power in the 2009 elections, Singhvi said this was the first pro-incumbent government since 1984.

"This is not about power and position though they are important in party politics... it has been the quality of governance which has been the constant endeavour under Sonia Gandhi," he said, adding that the focus has been on moral values than anything else.

The spokesman referred to RTI, NREGA, Bharat Nirman, farm loan waiver, Forest Rights Act, Domestic Violence Act, Equal Rights for Women Act, Right to Education, social welfare schemes in the unorganised sector and now the Women's Reservation Bill as landmark achievements of the government when the party is being headed by Gandhi.

"This is a journey not yet complete...," he said, adding that under Gandhi no one can doubt the bona fide of Congress.

PTI