Gandhi told Congress MPs that "we must ensure" that the forces of hate, division and violence that are trampling the Constitution are prevented from coming back to power.
"We are meeting here today at a time when the crisis of governance in India
under the Narendra Modi
government - marked by corruption, total economic failure, incompetence and spread of social divisiveness - is at its peak.
There is a rising tide of anger against the current ruling dispensation that calls upon all of us to work very hard to give the people of India
the alternative they deserve - an alternative to the bogus promise of Modiji's 'Achche Din', he said.
Adding an emotive touch, Gandhi asked members of the party to restore hope in the eyes of the Indian farmers and youth, give relief to ordinary families being crushed under the dual burden of household debt and rising prices of essential goods, ensure the safety of women and the protection of Dalits in order that they get justice.
The Congress chief recalled Modi's remarks in 2014 when he was elected that India had been a slow 'passenger train' for 70 years after Independence and would become a sleek and shining 'magical train' destined for 'achche din' under his guidance and rule.
"Give me your votes, said Modiji, and 'I will take you on the best and most comfortable journey of your life'. Four years of Modi rule later, sadly, India today looks more like a train that is being driven to disaster by an autocratic, incompetent and arrogant driver, who does not care what happens to the passengers he is responsible for," Gandhi said.
The people of India, he asserted, are demanding change and will no longer be fooled by Modi's magical train that is headed for a "bad accident".
He noted that the Congress had helped in building the nation, constructed on the back of institutions designed to be the voice of the people.
Since the RSS and the BJP have come to power, we have seen a systematic attack on every single one of our institutions. In modern India, these institutions were called temples of democracy and today RSS is intent in destroying every single one of them. Every single institution is being penetrated by their people and nature of institutions itself is being changed, Gandhi told Congress MPs.