Today is the 134th Foundation Day of the Congress. While there were usual ceremonies at the headquarters of the Grand Old Party in New Delhi, it was the 'sweet' moment of Rahul Gandhi and former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh that stole the show. Senior party leader Shashi Tharoor took to Twitter to share the 'cake-cutting' ceremony. The small clip of the Congress High Command has gone viral. Gandhi and Singh were seen cutting the chocolate cake while Congress veterans Motilal Vora and Ahmed Patel looked on.
What has piqued people's interest in the video and the photos of the party's Foundation Day celebrations is camaraderie between Gandhi and Singh. A day before, the power-packed controversial trailer of the movie ‘The Accidental Prime Minister’ was released that portrayed the apparent tension between the Gandhi family and the then Prime Minister during the UPA's first tenure.
On 28 December 1885, 72 social reformers, journalists and lawyers congregated for the first session of the Indian National Union at Gokuldas Tejpal Sanskrit College, Bombay; the conference was renamed as the Indian National Congress.
Tension over movie
Meanwhile, Congress has termed the Anupam Kher-starrer movie as the BJP's propaganda against their party. Party leaders said that the former prime minister evaded comment on the growing controversy over the film on him. Congress leaders said propaganda against the party would not work and the truth shall prevail.
The trailer of the film, based on the book of the same name by Sanjay Baru who served as Singh's media advisor 2004 to 2008, was released in Mumbai on Thursday. The trailer shows Singh as a victim of the Congress' internal politics ahead of the 2014 general elections.
"Riveting tale of how a family held the country to ransom for 10 long years. Was Dr Singh just a regent who was holding on to the PM's chair till the time heir was ready? Watch the official trailer of 'TheAccidentalPrimeMinister', based on an insider's account, releasing on 11 January," the BJP said on Thursday night. Responding to the BJP, Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said on Twitter that ‘such fake propaganda’ by the party would not stop it from asking the Modi government questions on "rural distress, rampant unemployment, demonetisation disaster, flawed GST, failed Modinomics, all-pervading corruption".