Fail­ure not per­ma­nent, says So­nia on poll loss

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NEW DELHI: Con­gress pres­i­dent So­nia Gandhi on Satur­day sought to boost the mo­rale of the party’s rank and file af­ter re­cent elec­toral set­backs, say­ing that no fail­ure was per­ma­nent.

In what was seen as a ref­er­ence to the BJP’s re­cent string of elec­toral suc­cesses, Gandhi said suc­cess with­out ba­sic prin­ci­ples could not be long-last­ing.

“A suc­cess achieved by dis­card­ing ba­sic prin­ci­ples does not stay for long. If one sticks to prin­ci­ples, no fail­ure is per­ma­nent,” Gandhi said at an event to com­mem­o­rate for­mer prime min­is­ter Ra­jiv Gandhi’s 25th death an­niver­sary.

Rahul Gandhi, who was un­well, skipped the event but vis­ited Veer Bhumi ear­lier in the day to pay his re­spects to his late fa­ther. “No mat­ter how full of strug­gle and hard­ships the path ahead, the val­ues that we hold are dear. The val­ues of truth, free­dom, equal­ity and jus­tice, are worth fight­ing for,” he said in a se­ries of tweets.

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