Speaking at the day-long AICC session, he said the Opposition believed in disrupting Parliament year after year and day after day in the last ten years stalling important legislations. (Agencies)
"Democracy is not rule by dictates. Democracy is not rule by one man. We will not respond by lighting fires of communal hatred and turning people against one another,” he said.
"We don't respond by proposing that structures of democracy be handed over to one man," he said in an indirect reference to BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi
Referring to announcement of prime ministerial candidate before elections, he said the Prime Minister is chosen by the MPs, and added that the Congress has been following the same tradition.
“Our MPs will elect the new Prime Minister in accordance with the Constitution,” he added.
He also used the occasion to tell Prime Minister Manmohan Singh that government should raise the number of subsidized LPG cylinders from nine to 12, an issue on which the party MPs have already been campaigning.
Rahul said the coming elections are a turning point in the country's journey and the Congress should transform itself by catering to the aspirations of the common man and ordinary worker.
"The option before us is not whether to change but when and how to change," he said to a thunderous applause from the delegates.
The Congress vice-president also made a veiled attack on Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) when he said the Opposition is good at marketing their wares.
"They are good in selling combs to the bald. Some new people have come, who have already started giving hair cut," he said.
In what can be considered as AAP effect, Rahul said 15 percent of the Lok Sabha seats in his party will be given to candidates on the basis of decision by pradhans and Congress workers.
However, he disapproved of the system of giving tickets to party hopperS who come to Congress who come at the time of elections.
"We should be wary of those coming from outside and get tickets. We should listen to the voice of the Congress workers and give tickets to those who are Congressmen by heart and thinking,” he said.
"It does not mean we close the doors of Congress for others. We need new ideas and thinking to enrich the party," he said.
The Congress vice-president said the party manifesto for the coming elections will be broad based taking the views of people of villages, dalits, tribals, women, youth and NGOs.
Talking about women's reservation and poor presence of women in the audience, he said 50 percent of the Congress Chief Ministers should be women.
Spelling out what the party should do in the next three months, he said six important anti-corruption bills should be passed in the coming session of Parliament.
Speaking at the day-long AICC session, he said the Opposition believed in disrupting Parliament year after year and day after day in the last ten years stalling important legislations.