Sonia, Rahul skip Congress’ 136th Basis Day; Antony does honours


Aditi Tandon

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 28

Congress president Sonia Gandhi, and her son and party leader, Rahul Gandhi, both skipped the 136th Foundation Day of the party marked in the capital on Monday.

Former defence minister AK Antony did the honours of flag hoisting in the absence of both the top leaders.

Congress senior leader AK Antony hoists flag on the occasion of 136th Foundation Day of the Indian National Congress at the AICC headquarters in New Delhi on Monday. Tribune photo: Manas Ranjan Bhui

Antony looked unprepared and was guided by the Congress Sewa Dal leader who was conducting the stage and singing songs.

Also present on the stage with Antony were Ghulam Nabi Azad, Pawan Bansal and KC Venugopal.

AICC general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra filled in for her family and spoke again in favour of the farmers seeking the repeal of farm laws.

AICÇ General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi and other party leaders during the flag hoisting ceremony on the occasion of 136th Foundation Day of the Indian National Congress at the AICC headquarters in New Delhi. Tribune photo: Manas Ranjan Bhui

She said the government must give up its inflexibility on the issue and concede to the demand of repeating farm laws.

Rahul Gandhi left for Italy yesterday on a short personal visit.

Sonia Gandhi was learnt to be in Delhi but didn’t attend the Foundation day event.



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