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In Haryana, Sonia says Cong's poll fight about safeguarding secularity

Press Trust of India, Hindustan Times  Mewat (Haryana), March 31, 2014
First Published: 15:11 IST(31/3/2014) | Last Updated: 19:10 IST(31/3/2014)

Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Monday said the 2014 Lok Sabha election was not just about development, and her party was fighting for safeguarding the secular values enshrined in the Constitution.

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"This election is not only about development. This election is for safeguarding the constitutional framework which our freedom fighters, our forefathers have bestowed on us after much struggle and sufferings.

"This Constitution recognises our secular values and teaches us how to respect them," she said addressing a rally here, in a veiled attack on BJP and its prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi.

Gandhi went on to say that Congress will fight for a country which is not just for a few, but which belongs to everyone and where everyone enjoys equal rights. "We will fight for a country where it is not important what is our religion, language, place of birth or in which caste we were born, but we will fight for a country which is secular and where it is important that we all are Indian," she said.

She said the Congress manifesto also promised right to health for everyone, though the party had fulfilled its promises on rural job scheme, implementation of Right to Education and RTI, besides stringent law to stop violence against women.


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