2019 elections will witness more of personal attacks

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The party was reacting to Union minister Nirmala Sitharaman's remarks in which she had taken a dig at Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, who compared the BJP to the Kauravas and his party to the Pandavas.

Rahul Gandhi refers to BJP chief Amit Shah as murder accused; says such a person would not have been made a Congress president.

"Someone who is out on bail (in the National Herald case) talks about our party president who has been cleared by the courts", she said, adding that the charges against Shah stemmed from "conspiracy based on fraud" by the Congress.

"The Congress is an umbrella institution, which takes along each section of the society".

Gandhi said the battle of Mahabharata was for India's future and the same question was being asked today. "The most corrupt man in cricket, his name is also the same (Lalit Modi) as our PM", he said.

"My aim is to present an Indian vision to the world", he said. "The name Modi symbolises the collusion between the India's biggest crony capitalists and the PM of India", he said.

Thus while Rahul Gandhi's presidential address at the Congress' plenary session may have attracted much media attention and in-house acclaim, the real test will come when key state legislatures go to the polls later this year to raise the curtain for 2019.

Congress has been working out a strategy to forge an alliance with opposition parties.

It also said: "Sustained economic growth is the path toward becoming a middle-income developed country". Congress wants to seize the opportunity and Rahul Gandhi meant to communicate the intent to be a pivotal player. "We accept that yes, we committed mistake, but they don't accept, they won't listen", he said. "Congress Party is committed to serve people of India at a time when the country stands at a crossroad as it faces the threat posed by authoritarian, divisive and disruptive forces", it said.

Lauding the efforts of India's third Prime Minister, he said that Rajiv Gandhi gave India the modern outlook and invested heavily in technology and democratic decentralization. He said: "Jaghda karna hain toh election ke baad karo".

Terming India's economic growth progress as "extraordinary", he said the country has become (on purchasing power) the world's largest economy overtaking Japan and while being behind the USA and China, it is far bigger than any European country. "We have changed even Nehruvian policies as per the demand of time". "The tax rates in the Indian GST system are among the highest in the world".