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99 per cent people believe they are Indians, says Rahul

PTI  Puducherry, February 05, 2010
First Published: 22:28 IST(5/2/2010) | Last Updated: 22:28 IST(5/2/2010)

In an apparent swipe at Shiv Sena for its "Mumbai for Marathis" campaign, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Friday said 99 per cent of the people in the country believed they are Indians and act in national interest while only "one per cent minority shout and break things".

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"The majority of the people do not get excited about these things and are peace-loving who believe they are Indians and act in the interest of this country. Only one per cent people shout and break things," he said in an interaction with students at Pondicherry University.

Landing here hours after he visited Mumbai braving threats by Shiv Sena, the scion of the Gandhi family said, without naming the Sena, "we hear only the voice of one per cent. We don't actually hear the voice of majority. So, I am not concerned about these fringe elements who will always be there."

"The nature of democratic process allows people to speak and when you allow people to speak some people have ideas which are of this type," he said when a student asked about curbing forces fanning sectarianism.

Gandhi said the only way to curb such forces was the democratic set-up, adding "these forces in our country are (in a) minority. "

"I think it is much more important to worry about central ideas. If you are concerned, then join the majority and say we are Indians," he told the students.


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