Hyderabad, September 17: Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge on Sunday stressed on the challenges ahead and said that these are not only for the grand old party but they concern the survival of democracy and our goal must be to defeat the BJP in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections as it marks the centenary of Mahatma Gandhi's election as the Congress President.

He said that the most fitting tribute to Mahatma Gandhi would be to oust the BJP from power in 2024. Addressing the Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting, on the second day, Kharge said, "We are all aware of the challenges that lie ahead. These challenges aren't just those of the Congress, but they concern the survival of Indian democracy and the preservation of Indian Constitution." Congress Top Brass Deliberates on Polls Strategy at Extended CWC Meeting.

Slamming the BJP government at the Centre, Kharge said that during the meeting of INDIA bloc leaders in Maharashtra's Mumbai, the government formed a committee on 'one nation, one election'.

"For their agenda, they broke all the tradition and appointed former President Ram Nath Kovind as the chairperson of the committee," he alleged. He said that the government is known for taking such steps which has no meaning. The Congress leader also highlighted that it was the grand old party which laid the foundation for the Constitution, and "thus it is our duty to protect the Constitution" and we will have to fight till our last breathe.

"Our goal must be to defeat the BJP in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections and work diligently to form an alternative government in the country. And 2024 also marks the centenary of Mahatma Gandhi's election as the Congress President. The most fitting tribute to Mahatma Gandhi would be to oust the BJP from power in 2024," Kharge said.

He also said that before the crucial Lok Sabha elections, assembly elections in five states are also due later this year, so we must also be prepared for possible assembly elections in all these states and also in Jammu and Kashmir.

Highlighting the works of the Congress-led government in Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan, Kharge said that the both state governments have pioneered a new model of social justice and welfarism. "We must publicise these welfare schemes across country," he said.

He also enquired with the state presidents and Legislative party leaders present in the CWC if they have readied their committees at the block and district levels and are they organising programmes on regular intervals and have they started identifying potential candidates. He warned the party leaders that this is not the time for us to rest.

"In last 10 years under BJP rule, the challenges faced by ordinary people have multiplied. The Prime Minister (Narendra Modi) refuses to address the concerns of the poor, farmers, labourers, women, and youth and instead, he cannot look beyond himself. In such circumstances, we cannot remain mute spectators. We must unite and overthrow this dictatorial government in order to save our democracy.," he said. CWC Meeting in Hyderabad: Will Discuss Upcoming Elections in Five States in Meeting Today, Says Mallikarjun Kharge (Watch Video).

He also highlighted the party's victory in Karnataka, Himachal Pradesh and said that the people are looking for an alternative and our victories in both state assembly elections are clear proof of this.

"We must work tirelessly, putting aside personal interests. We must prioritise the success of the party putting aside our personal differences. We must exercise self-restraint and avoid going to media with statements against our leaders or party. So that the party’s interests are not harmed," the Congress chief said.

Emphasising on the organisational unity, he said, it is of utmost importance. "Only through unity and discipline, we can defeat our adversaries. This was evident in Karnataka, where we remained united and fought with discipline to achieve success," he said.

He said that from Telangana, we will go with renewed strength and a clear message. "We leave Hyderabad today with a firm commitment, to win not only in Telangana but in all upcoming elections, relieving people from miseries of BJP’s misrule," he added. Rahul Gandhi Says Congress Dedicated to Raise Concerns of Common People.

The two-day CWC is being held under chairmanship of the Congress President in the presence of senior Congress leaders including Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, P Chidambaram, Ambika Soni, Salman Khurshid, Anand Sharma among others.

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