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By-poll will set course of national politics: Sonia

A DAY after challenging her adversaries to a final battle, Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Thursday declared that the by-poll to the Rae Bareli Lok Sabha seat would decide certain issues and set the future course and the direction of national politics.

india Updated: May 05, 2006 01:19 IST

A DAY after challenging her adversaries to a final battle, Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Thursday declared that the by-poll to the Rae Bareli Lok Sabha seat would decide certain issues and set the future course and the direction of national politics.

Before setting off for her campaign, Sonia performed puja at a temple.
“I am not here just to ask you for your support. This is not an ordinary election.

This election will decide the direction of future course of national politics,” declared Sonia, without elaborating further, while summing up her two-day visit and the campaign in her Lok Sabha constituency where the by-poll will take place on May 8.

Taking a dig at her adversaries who had pointed fingers at her following the controversy over the office-of-profit issue, Sonia said, “Those who pointed fingers at me are busy saving each other.”

She said she had already dwelt at length over the circumstances that led to her resignation. Hence, there was no need to speak on the issue again, she said, adding, “There can't be two yardsticks in politics. There can't be two yardsticks in real life too.”

Sonia's observations have led to different sorts of interpretations in political circles here with a buzz going around that by-poll outcome is bound to have an impact on the fate of the proposed Bill that may be introduced in Parliament to redefine office of profit.

On Thursday, Sonia addressed two election meetings at Shankarpur and Maharajganj in the remaining two assembly segments of her Lok Sabha constituency. Before leaving, Sonia reviewed poll preparations and asked Congressmen to ensure high  percentage of voting.

Rahul Gandhi is already camping the constituency, while Priyanka Gandhi Vadra is expected to arrive here soon. Sonia struck an emotional chord with the people at all the meetings she addressed in the constituency and referred to the Gandhi family's relationship of five generations with the people. Sonia asserted that she did not care for anything till she had the support of the people and said political parties were not willing to rise above political lines to respect the feelings of others. “You can understand my feelings, as we have a five- generation relationship with you,” she said, adding her fight would continue, come what may. “My path may be thorny. I will fight to the end,” she said.

Sonia urged the women folk to ensure that all the votes of their family were polled even as she continued to attack the Mulayam Singh Yadav Government for what she called causing obstructions in the way of development. She said she would continue to do her best for the development of Rae Bareli.

“Be it the issue of development of Rae Bareli, or Uttar Pradesh, they keep on opposing for the sake of opposition,” she said, adding she was not bothered about the opposition from those who continued to divide the society on religion and caste lines.

The Congress president listed new projects that had been initiated during the past two years and said many new projects could be initiated if the government here did not object.