Launching a scathing attack on communal forces, Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Saturday warned that such people with a 'Mask of Patriotism' were internally damaging the unity of the country.
"We should be on guard against such forces who are a threat to both unity and peace. These forces are against the prosperity of the nation," Gandhi said without naming any party.
Addressing a poll meeting in support of party candidate Niel Tirkey from Khunti Lok Sabha constituency, she said the people despite having different religious faith, desire peace and communal harmony.
Praising Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's skill in controlling the economic condition of the country amid global slowdown, Gandhi claimed that in this hour the country required a strong and stable government which the Congress and its allies could only provide.
Equating the threat of terrorism and the elements working internally to break up the social fabric in the country, Gandhi warned the people against the destructive forces "who are enemies of prosperity of the country".
Describing the youth as the driving force in shaping the fate of the country, Gandhi said the people in the age group of below 35 years which comprised 70 per cent of the population, could bring in great change and work for development while keeping a vigil on divisive forces at the same time.
Stating that the UPA government's policies of employment generation and pension schemes had stopped migration from Jharkhand, Gandhi appealed to the electorate to vote for the Congress and its allies to keep up the pro-people policies of the Manmohan Singh government in future too.
The Congress had made its pro-farmer policies clear with waiver of loans to the tune of Rs 65,000 crore while the government's forest laws enabled forest dwellers sustain their livelihood, Gandhi said. Gandhi would latter address another meeting in Chatra.