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BJP dancing to the tune of extremist RSS: Sonia

PTI  Moradabad, April 14, 2014
First Published: 16:13 IST(14/4/2014) | Last Updated: 16:15 IST(14/4/2014)

Terming the Lok Sabha elections a battle between two completely different ideologies, Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Monday alleged that the BJP was dancing to the tune of the RSS, whose "parochial and extremist" thought was aimed at dividing the society.

Wooing Muslims, she said the Congress government has taken "historical" measures like carving out a separate ministry for the welfare of minorities and launching National Wakf Development Corporation while putting a special emphasis on empowering women from the community.

"There is another ideology which dances to the tune of an organisation whose parochial and extremist ideas spread division in the society. It breaks values and customs which we have preserved for centuries.... I am sure you won't be misled by them and hand them over a resounding defeat," Gandhi said at an election rally.

Without naming the BJP and its ideological parent RSS, she said they believed in foisting their narrow ideology on the country in the name of unity
Gandhi added her party alone was capable of providing a stable and strong government, which the country needed, and the BJP's ideology will harm the people and the country.

Attacking the Samajwadi Party-led UP government, she said the Centre made abundant funds available to the state for enhancing its power supply but it had failed to provide electricity available in villages.

The Congress, she said while quoting from the party's manifesto, would provide free health care to people and provide vocational training to youths so that they could easily get employment.


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